Urbana hotel ordered closed over faulty fire-alarm system

URBANA, Ill. — A hotel near the University of Illinois’ main campus has been ordered closed because of a faulty fire-alarm system.

Urbana fire officials issued the order Wednesday for the 198-room Garden Hotel that’s in a commercial area just off Interstate 74.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the city has been working with hotel management for several weeks on the problems with the fire-alarm system not communicating with the monitoring panel.

City Administrator Carol Mitten called the faulty system a “major life-safety hazard.”

Hotel owner Salim Hotelwala says he’s committed to replacing the fire-alarm system, project that could cost up to $90,000 and take at least three weks. He says more than 20 employees will lose their jobs during the closure.