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Four bodies discovered in rubble of Newport motel fire

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Four bodies were discovered in the rubble of a fire that destroyed a Newport motel. 

Newport Fire Department crews, along with the officers from the Newport Police Department, arrived at the City Center Motel on Highway 101 around 5:48 a.m Friday to find the building fully engulfed in flames.

After evacuating the hotel crews said they were able to extinguish the fire with the assistance of personnel from the Toledo, Depoe Bay, North Lincoln, Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats fire departments.

Crews transported four hotel guests to the hospital. Three had minor injuries and were treated and released, while the fourth suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to the Legacy Emmanuel Burn Center.

Police said all registered guests were accounted for, except the occupants of two rooms. Once the fire was controlled, police and firefighters searched through the rooms most heavily damaged by the fire.

At 4 p.m., police said the bodies of a male and female were discovered beneath the burned rubble. They have not yet been identified. 

At 8 p.m., two additional unidentified bodies were found in the rubble.

Newport police said search operations will continue until dark and then will be suspended until daybreak.

Newport police said the majority of the motel suffered major burn damage. The office was left standing. 

Investigators determined the fire started in a ground-level room. The cause is under investigation. 

The Days Inn Hotel next door was also evacuated as officials said the fire began to spread to that hotel, but it was quickly contained. The Newport Armory is being used as a temporary shelter for motel guests. 

Highway 101 between Southwest Hubert Street and Southwest Abbey Street was closed for hours. 

Firefighters said that due to the amount of water used to fight the fire, Newport water customers may notice a dirty color to their water. Newport Public Works staff said the water was safe to drink but the water supply will be monitored and water lines will be flushed as needed.

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