Battle Creek – Fire caused severe damage at a Battle Creek motel on the same day that the property was closing for 90 days due to allegations of drug dealing, prostitution and other illegal activity.

Authorities said no one was hurt in the fire Tuesday night at the Econo Lodge motel. Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant told the Battle Creek Enquirer that firefighters used water for more than two hours.

He said there’s a “high degree of suspicion” about the cause. The fire is under investigation.

The newspaper said Sabar Hospitality agreed to close the motel for at least 90 days as part of a settlement last month with Battle Creek. Police were called more than 400 times over a 13-month period.

Boards were being installed on windows and doors before the fire.

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