HOT SPRINGS, AR - Fire has swept through the spa city's historic Majestic Hotel on Park Avenue.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday night, fire crews expected to spend much of the night dousing the building with water. The Red Cross was on the scene, providing support for the firefighters.
The fire appears to have started on the top floor and then spread onto the fourth and third floors of the historic 5-story structure.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene shortly before 6 p.m.
A crowd of spectators watched from behind police tape near the intersection of Central and Park avenues.
The Majestic Hotel has been closed since 2006.
A 2012 report notes that the area where the fire started is known as the Yellow Brick section of the Majestic.
Built in 1886, it's the oldest and most endangered portion. It is a five-story structure made up of six others, including a drug store, restaurant, and lobby.
An inspection two years ago found water damage on every floor in the Yellow Brick section, and one part of in a state of collapse.
The damage was determined to be so severe that inspectors said it would likely lead to the destruction of the building if repairs were not made.
The Majestic Hotel was reported to have been a favored destination of gangsters including Al Capone and was also visited by the likes of baseball great Babe Ruth.
In the 1900s, several Major League teams would bring their players to Hot Springs to train, putting them up at the Majestic.
The hotel went through several renovations over the decades but never attracted enough people.
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- A fire has been reported at the historic Majestic Hotel.According to our content partner Hot Springs Daily, the blaze was called in shortly before 6 tonight.
The Majestic has been unoccupied for years.
Photos from the scene show flames on the top floor in the middle of the building.
Officials have advised people to stay away from the area so that emergency vehicles could get to the scene.
We'll have more information as soon as it becomes available.
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