Bloomington hotel evacuated after siding falls off building, crashes onto entryway

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Guests at a Bloomington hotel were evacuated early Monday after the exterior wall of the hotel collapsed, the fire department tweeted.

No one was injured when siding fell off the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 5151 American Blvd., near Interstate 494 and Highway 100.

Four concrete-like siding boards fell from floors 14 through 17 and crashed down onto the lobby area, WCCO says, crushing a sprinkler system, which caused heavy flooding on the first floor of the building, KSTP says.

Photos shared with KARE 11 from inside the hotel after the boards fell show debris and water covering the floor of the lobby area and water pouring from the ceiling.

Guests were evacuated and relocated to nearby hotels, reports say.

Officials are investigating to see what caused the damage, with Bloomington Fire Chief Ule Seal telling KSTP age and water damage may have caused the four slabs, which were bolted down, to fall off.

City of Bloomington building official Duke Johnson told the Star Tribune that the incident wasn't structural failure, just the "skin" that peeled away from the building.

The hotel was built in 1979, according to Hennepin County property records.

Some tweets from the scene:

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