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Fire destroys hotel office

Friday, May 18, 2012

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The Knights Inn office building was destroyed Friday afternoon by a fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. [Order this photo]
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The Knights Inn office building, located near the intersection of State Road 59 and SR 42, caught fire and was destroyed Friday afternoon. No one was injured. [Order this photo]
The Knights Inn, located near the intersection of State Road 59 and SR 42, caught fire Friday afternoon.

According to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Champion, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He told The Brazil Times a fire investigation will take place Monday with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Two people were inside the building when the fire started; however, both escaped safely without any injuries.

During the two hours it took to bring the fire under control, Champion said part of the roof on the building collapsed.

Officials called REMC to turn off the power of the building.

According to Brazil City Fire Department Chief Jake Bennett, the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department requested the use of the city's ladder truck. Bennett sent four personnel and the ladder truck to the scene to assist.

"We used a large diameter line to supply the ladder and another ground monitor," Bennett said.

The fire was located in the office building of the hotel, which according to officials, is owned by Chirag Enterprises, Inc.

"Everything worked according to advertised," Champion said of the response by fire departments. "If it wasn't for the new hydrants and the water tower, we would have had a problem."

Other agencies responding to the fire were Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, TransCare and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.


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That is Keegan McDonald and Earl Hutcheson of Posey Fire department in the second picture

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Fri, May 18, 2012, at 7:27 PM

Things that make you go, hummmmm...

It will be interesting to find out what the Fire Marshall's office learns.

I never did see more than half a dozen cars there. Poor business=high insurance claim.

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, May 18, 2012, at 11:01 PM

ummmm no don't think so my dime. Yes it's an older property but has been being repaired upgraded and remodeled. The Lobby was the nicest building.

I'm glad my husband and his boss got out of there safely. Even with vehicle keys and paychecks burning up in the office! Just because they are investigating the fire does NOT mean it was done intentionally!

So keep saying hmmmmmm til you find out you're wrong!

-- Posted by mustanglady on Sat, May 19, 2012, at 9:01 AM

I saw the smoke from the Railroad overpass near Carbon on 59.

Glad the two employees got out safely.

-- Posted by MS660 on Sun, May 20, 2012, at 6:40 AM

So correct me if I am wrong but isn't this a Motel not a Hotel? Last I checked a Hotel Has more than 2 stories and you get to your rooms from the inside of the building and a Motel is less than 2 stories and you enter the rooms from the outside of the building right?

-- Posted by MS440 on Sun, May 20, 2012, at 2:44 PM

You choose:

The term "Hotel" refers to an establishment that provides paid lodging, for a short duration to tourists. The term hotel has been derived from the French word "hotel" which meant a townhouse. Hotels provide a number of other services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool, or childcare. They also have arrangements to hold conference and meetings. A rating system with one to five stars has been introduced as a mark of comparison for hotels.

The term "Motel" is derived from the term "motorists hotel," which originally meant that the hotel provided parking. Motel referred initially to a single building of connected rooms whose doors face a parking lot and/or common area or a series of small cabins with common parking. Their origin was driven by increased driving distances on the United States highway system that allowed easy cross-country travel.

source: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hotel_v...

-- Posted by My Dime on Sun, May 20, 2012, at 4:45 PM

Knight's Inn, unless one works there then one doesn't know what all goes on there, I worked there and I can honestly say that yes it was an old building, but things have been redone, remodeled, and rebuilt. The fire wasn't started on purpose, it was electrical from what I found out. I know everyone that works there, this was unintentional. so, again unless one works there, why say anything at all, about the people that work there, or how it run, or anything of that nature. And it depends on how many people are out traveling for there to be so many people at the hotel, motel, whatever one wants to call it, but it is a motel, the rooms are seperate from the lobby, not like hotels you see with the rooms attached and on the inside, that's a hotel. But Knight's Inn was a very nice place, I am sad that it burned down, I miss going to work there. And I am glad that no one got hurt from the fire and that everyone is ok. That's the most important thing of all.

-- Posted by theonethatshallnotbenamed on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 8:28 PM

What caused the fire at the Knight's Inn in Brazil? We used to stay there for the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400, but stay in Indianapolis now because the place had gone downhill. We were on our way to Indy qualifying last Friday and saw smoke and joked that it might be that old motel on fire, and sure enough it was. We stopped and took pictures on the way back. We've been staying at the Crown Plaza in Indy for 4 years now, much better! The old motel was nice when it was a Howard Johnson's way back when.

-- Posted by MisterIndy on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 5:41 AM

Here are some comments that I found on Trip Advisor's website reviewing the Knights Inn in Brazil, Indiana:

the room was filthy. the place is a dump in need of a complete overhaul.

It was absolutely terrible here. The hotel was old and outdated, and the lobby smelled of curry. The bed was as hard as a rock and there weren't any fitted sheets. The woman at the front could barely speak English and registration was a hassle. It would be okay were the price rock bottom at $30 or $35, but they charged nearly $70 for this. Your best bet is to keep on driving until you find another town with lodging. Internet did not work either!

Yuck!! This hotel is nasty to the max. Don't be fooled by the pictures. This place is filty in in much need of repair. My husband and I stopped here, walked in the room, looked around, walked out and demanded our money back. This hotel should be shut down for good.

What can I say. My wife and I come to this area every October for the Covered Bridge Festival. I found this motel online through their website. It looked harmless enough...even said newly renovated. I'm not sure what the renovations were but certainly not in our room. The carpet looked like it might have been replaced recently but that's it. The whole bathroom area was a mess! From the rusted kleenex dispenser on the wall to the absolutely filthy tub surround. There was a place on the surround for some sort of hand rail but all that was there was a huge hole. The shower water fluctuated from freezing cold to burning hot with no apparent way to make it better. Mainly it was cold. The bed did not have a fitted sheet on it so simply rolling over in bed made the top sheet just ball all up and leave the bare mattress. And the mattress was the most firm I have ever slept on..like sleeping on bricks! We were on the ground floor but just walking across the room the floor flexed so bad that the tv shook like it was going to fall off the dresser. We had planned to stay 2 nights but it was so horrible we cut our trip short a day. During the festival there are no rooms available so we couldn't simply just move to a different motel. AVOID THIS ONE!!!

This is by far the worst hotel I have ever been in. The room smelled very bad. The toilet was dirty, and there was rust all over everything. The shower barely worked. The sheets were too small for the bed and they kept scooting up all night. The floor was filthy. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Beware the state board of health should take a look.

"Horrible, just horrible"

Reviewed December 20, 2007 Upon arrival at the HoJo, we were given a key to a king-size bed room in the back building. When we entered the room we noticed immediately that the dead bolt had been ripped from the wall by a previous guest. I went to the front desk and they nicely gave me the key to the room next door, saying it would be just fine. The curtains wouldn't close, there was rust about everywhere it could be, the outlet wouldn't work without wedging a shampoo bottle against the cord (see pics), the toilet seat wasn't attached on one side and there was even a burn mark on the floor where someone had left an iron. Just take a look at our photos. Though the staff was helpful, the place is a dump. Do NOT stay here!

-- Posted by MisterIndy on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 12:38 AM


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