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Hotel worker helped guest escape Ottumwa blaze, fire chief says

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OTTUMWA (AP) -

Ottumwa authorities are crediting a hotel worker with saving a guest from flames inside the woman's room.

The Ottumwa Courier reports that (http://bit.ly/2er94tV ) the blaze began early Sunday morning in a room on the fourth floor of the Hotel Ottumwa, but fire sprinklers kept the flames from spreading.

Fire Chief Tony Miller says hotel employee Trevor Medina kicked in the room's door and pulled out the hotel guest. The woman was taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Her name wasn't released.

Miller says Medina's action prevented a tragic outcome to the fire. The hotel has 61 rooms.

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