Aloft Ponce’s structure weakened after fire
PONCE, Puerto Rico – A fire broke out early Thursday on the first floor of the Aloft Hotel in Ponce, which is currently under construction.
It consumed the material on the first floor, and sources close to the owner of the hotel said some of the steel beams gave way in part of the structure.
The hotel’s inauguration was scheduled for April, and the opening of a Hard Rock Café in the property was recently announced.
Aloft Ponce, is the brand’s second hotel in Puerto Rico, with the first, a 175-room property at the District San Juan, to open in the city’s multimillion-dollar entertainment project in Miramar’s Convention District.
According to officer Pablo De Jesús, the Police’s Emergency Management Coordinator, workers were welding on the second level when the fire started and spread to the third and fourth floors on the right side of the structure.
Two workers were reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation but were taken in stable condition by paramedics to the Damas and Metropolitano Dr. Pila hospitals.
Ponce, Guánica and Juana Díaz firefighters extinguished the fire along with Municipal and State Rescue personnel. Officers assigned to the Ponce Explosives Division, under the supervision of Lt. Ramón Muñiz, Ponce and Guayama Area director, were on site as well.
Officer Javier Morales of the Ponce West Precinct was conducting the investigation and the Fire Marshall will take charge of the continuing investigation.
PR-2 remained closed for drivers in both directions, from Monagas Avenue to the exit of PR-12.