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Blotter: Hotel evacuated after report of white cloud

Denton firefighters evacuated a hotel in the 2900 block of West University Drive on Monday evening after a suspicious smoke was reported.

Deputy Chief Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for the Denton Fire Department, said firefighters were dispatched to a smoke investigation when the first arriving unit saw a white cloud in the hallway of the hotel, near a swimming pool.

Hedges said that was when a precautionary evacuation began.

A hazardous materials team responded, too, and after further investigation, investigators determined the air conditioning system in the pool area had a malfunction in the refrigerant line, which generated the white cloud, Hedges said.

“The affected areas were fully ventilated,” he said.

After more than an hour, occupants of the hotel were allowed to return once the air samples were clear. No injuries were reported, Hedges said.


Other reports

900 block of Johnson Street — A woman told police a gun was pointed toward her house Monday evening. Police said the woman reported that a man sitting in the front-passenger side of a black Mazda pointed a gun at her home shortly after 6 p.m.



From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 872 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Twenty-seven people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 366 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 20 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 13 medical calls, one unauthorized burning, one air or gas rupture of pressure or process vessel, and two vehicle accidents.

Argyle firefighters responded to one fire and one medical call. Argyle police responded to one suspicious vehicle, one theft and 16 traffic incidents and assisted one motorist.

Aubrey firefighters assisted one citizen and responded to one odor investigation and three medical calls. Aubrey police responded to one narcotics call, one suspicious activity call, one animal complaint and five traffic calls.

Bartonville police responded to five traffic calls.

Corinth police responded to one assault, two medical calls, one theft, 19 traffic calls, two animal complaints, one traffic transport incident and assisted one agency and one motorist.

Double Oak police responded to one burglary and nine traffic calls.

Flower Mound police assisted one agency. Flower Mound firefighters responded to one medical call.

Hickory Creek police responded to one missing-person call, one ordinance violation, one roadblock, one suspicious vehicle, 17 traffic calls and one animal complaint.

Justin firefighters responded to one animal bite attack and three medical calls. Justin police responded to one medical call.

Krum firefighters assisted one citizen. Krum police responded to one burglary report, three ordinance violations, one traffic call and one welfare concern.

Krugerville police assisted two agencies and two motorists and responded to one smoke investigation and two traffic calls.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one carbon monoxide or hazardous materials call and four medical calls.

Lewisville police made 16 arrests.

Little Elm firefighters responded to four medical calls and assisted one citizen. Little Elm police responded to one burglary report, one Child Protective Services referral, one criminal trespass report, one criminal mischief report, one loose livestock call, 30 traffic calls, one welfare concern, one forgery/fraud call and two ordinance violations and assisted one motorist.

Northlake police assisted three agencies and one motorist and responded to two roadblocks, 10 traffic calls and one fire call.

Oak Point police responded to one noise complaint, one prowler call, two traffic calls, two suspicious-person calls and one solicitor and assisted one agency.

Ponder firefighters unlocked one vehicle. Ponder police responded to one vehicle complaint.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call. Pilot Point police assisted two agencies and responded to two traffic calls, one welfare concern, one animal complaint, one missing-person report and one terroristic threat report.

Roanoke firefighters responded to two structure fires.

Sanger firefighters assisted one citizen and responded to two assaults or sexual assaults and four medical calls. Sanger police responded to two criminal mischief reports, one narcotics call, two roadblocks, eight suspicious activity calls, 10 traffic calls, one welfare concern, one animal complaint and one reckless driver and responded to two medical calls.

The Colony firefighters responded to two medical calls and one vehicle accident.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to two structure fires and assisted one citizen. Trophy Club police responded to one structure fire, one terroristic threat report, two ordinance violations, one fireworks complaint, 11 traffic calls and four animal complaints.

— Megan Gray

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