Fire at Ramada Inn Williamsburg considered suspicious

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YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Fires in three rooms of a Ramada Williamsburg Friday morning are being considered suspicious.

Crews with the York Department of Fire and Life Safety were called to a  Ramada Inn near Busch Gardens in York around 4:25 a.m.

York Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski tells WAVY.com the building’s sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading to more rooms, and potentially causing more damage.

The conference room and two other rooms were damaged. No one was hurt.

10 On Your side obtained surveillance video from the hotel that shows a masked man entering a back stairwell at 3:50 a.m.  Another camera shows him leaving the banquet hall with smoke pouring out behind him.

Hotel owner Bruce Armstrong told 10 On Your Side, ” It’s sad because the target may have been to hurt the owners of the hotel but they’re hurting the people who work here really the bottom line.”

Pay day and tips are cancelled for staff scheduled to work two big events this weekend.  The hotel is shut down for cleanup.

Kopczynski says crews from Williamsburg and James City County assisted in the response.

York fire officials and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Kopczynski says it is considered suspicious.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.