Harry Fisher / THE MORNING CALL
January 5, 2014
South Whitehall Township Fire Marshall John Frantz (foreground) investigates at the scene of a fire call at the Econo Lodge and Conference Center in South Whitehall on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Fire hit the Lehigh ValleyÕs second-largest hotel Sunday, but the flames were contained to one room and the hotel remained open. Firefighters from several municipalities responded just before 3 p.m, dousing the flames in about 10 minutes, said Woodlawn Fire Department Chief Rusty Held. Because the Econo Lodge at routes 309 and 22 has 285 rooms and a banquet facility, fire companies raced through the freezing rain from South Whitehall, Whitehall and North Whitehall, but the flames were contained to room 1011. Though the room was rented, it wasnÕt occupied when the fire started, Held said. ÒWeÕre not sure if it was electrical or suspicious,Ó Held said.