Marriott Hotel Erupts In Flames After Lightning Strikes

Marriott’s TownePlace Suites near George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia caught fire at 1:13 a.m. this morning. A hotel guest – standing outside the property at the time – notified the manager who called 911. Since the fire was on the roof, there was no smoke alarm.

Fire crew responded to evacuate 108 guests and put out the fire on the room. Early estimates are that the property sustained $100,000 in damage. All guests are being moved to other hotels. There’s no word yet when the Marriott Rewards category 3 hotel will re-open.

You have less than a 1 in 15,000 chance of being struck by lightning, and 90% of people struck by lightning survive. Electric fields would likely kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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  1. Here is more good news. In addition to electric fields that would likely kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, hotel fires will also help kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus due to the rapid oxidation of burning material consumed in the exothermic chemical process of combustion.

  2. I wonder if the Elite’s who got walked because of the lightning also got Bonvoyed since Marriott extended thier Elite Benefit Guarantee wavier from 7.5.2020 to 9.15.2020.

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