by Joshua Maloni
About 2:30 p.m. today, smoke billowing through a first floor room at the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa in Lewiston triggered a quick response from local fire companies. Trucks rushed to the scene as firefighters rushed into the four-story building to assess the damage. As of the 8 p.m. check-in, there was no official word as to what caused smoke to engulf the room.
"It was an inconvenience," hotel owner Diane Finkbeiner said. She noted the inn's "state-of-the-art" fire suppression system quickly quelled the gray nuisance. "We're very, very fortunate. It could've been serious," she said.
No one was injured and the smoke damage was limited to one room - though the hotel doors and windows were open Monday evening to air out the smoky smell. The room itself was being cleaned and Finkbeiner said new furniture would be purchased to replace what was doused when sprinklers were activated.
Finkbeiner was waiting for clearance to reopen the hotel and expected business would return to normal on Tuesday.
"Our hope is to be in good shape," she said.
Finkbeiner expressed her gratitude to the local fire companies.
"They were very fast to respond," she said.
This was the first such incident at the 4-year-old hotel.