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February 18, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Guests evacuated during small fire at downtown Seattle hotel

A fire was reported at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle Wednesday afternoon. (Seattle Fire Department)

A fire was reported at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle Wednesday afternoon. (Seattle Fire Department)

Update at 6:55 p.m.: Damage to the Westin is estimated at $40,000. The entire north tower was evacuated as a precaution, but guests have been allowed back inside.Update at 4:46 p.m.: Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the fire appeared to be under control by 4 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Update at 4 p.m.: The fire was started by workers welding in a bathroom of the Westin Hotel, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Original post: Guests are being evacuated from two floors of the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle after a fire was reported on the 10th floor Wednesday afternoon.

A fire began in mechanical room of the hotel at 1900 Fifth Ave. shortly before 3 p.m., Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. Smoke was reported on the 10th and 11th floors.

One lane of southbound Fifth Avenue at Olive Way is closed, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. Virginia Street is also closed at Fifth Avenue.

King County Metro Route 70 is being rerouted off of eastbound Virginia Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

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