On Tuesday, June 14, 1983, at 3:22 am., a fire was reported at the Ramada Inn Central, Fort Worth, Texas. The hotel is located to the south of interstate 30, approximately two miles east of downtown Fort Worth. The 90-room two-story structure involved in the fire was part of a 5 building hotel complex which included a combination lobby/restaurant building and three other buildings housing guest rooms. The building was of protected wood frame construction. Interior corridors were connected by three unenclosed interior stairways. The building was not protected by automatic sprinklers or smoke detectors and had no fire alarm system. The area of fire origin was within the first floor corridor, adjacent to an exit, at the building's west end and initially involved rolled carpet and padding stored in the corridor as the building was undergoing renovations.
Five people died of "asphyxiation due to inhalation of smoke and carbon monoxide" and 33 were injured. All fatalities were found by firefighters within guest rooms. Four of the fatalities were occupants of the second floor; one an occupant of the first floor.
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