Survivor jumped out of window to escape Iowa hotel fire | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Residents of the Valley West Inn extended stay hotel in West Des Moines are recovering from a fire that started Monday night.
Firefighters said two people who were inside the building were sent to local hospitals for treatment and at least one of those people was treated and released. Half a dozen residents were treated on site by doctors.
Michael Carrales is one of the survivors of the fire. He is from Texas and is staying at the hotel for work. Carrales says he and his brother-in-law jumped out of the first floor window to escape the blaze.
“We noticed that our only way out would be the window. We tried to slide the window and it didn’t slide for some reason, ”Carrales said. “So I put on a shoe and threw it off and my brother-in-law got out first, jumped out the window, and I went out the window second, hurting myself a bit.”
Carrales said he lost a lot of blood and went to a local hospital to get stitches.
Firefighters walked through the hotel on Tuesday to try to determine the cause of the blaze. Authorities said some residents could not hear fire alarms due to the style of the building.
“This building was built in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Fire codes and building codes were very different back then,” said Mike Whitsell, West Fire Marshal. Monks. “Some residents told us they couldn’t hear the alarms in the room. Unfortunately, this is the alarm style that has been installed in this building. But it always worked until that fire alarm. He automatically dialed.
Whitsell also says the A side of the building suffered the most damage.
Plus, thankfully, no one was seriously injured, according to Whitsell. The Red Cross is currently helping 65 families affected by the fire.
A GoFundMe page is set up for Carrales, who lost everything in the fire.