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Smoke prompts evacuation of Pasadena hotel [Updated]

January 1, 2010 |  7:27 pm

The Hilton Pasadena Hotel on South Los Robles Avenue was evacuated after an electrical malfunction caused heavy smoke on the upper floors of the 12-story building, according to the Pasadena Fire Department.

A malfunction in an electrical fault on the 10th floor caused smoke and a power outage in much of the hotel, said fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Fire and hotel officials are waiting for an electrician.

Hundreds of guests were evacuated from their rooms about 6 p.m. and were gathered in the lobby talking and watching television. Several hundred others who had attended the Rose Bowl game had just returned to the hotel on tour buses.

"Nobody really seems to be in much rush," Derderian said. "It probably added a little more excitement to their visit."

Derderian said she did not know what time guests would be able to return to their rooms.

“Out of 365 days in the year, this is probably not a good day for an electrical malfunction,” she added.

The hotel, along with every other hotel in the area, is at full capacity because of the game and the Rose Parade.

Updated, 8:25 p.m.: At about 8 p.m., hotel officials announced that guests staying in floors five and above -- where there is still no power -- would be escorted back to their rooms to get their luggage and the hotel would try to relocate them to other Hiltons in the area, Derderian said.

Derderian said late Friday that those in the lower floors would likely be allowed to return to their rooms for the night.

Updated, 10:30 p.m.: Later Friday, guests on all floors were allowed to return to their rooms.

 --Anna Gorman