An Oklahoma City hotel is gearing up for its second grand opening after the Canton Apartment fire forced them to close.
The Ellison Hotel had to close to deal with smoke damage. Carrie Parker, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, said it was something she never saw coming just weeks after their grand opening.
“The first thing was the sirens and then of course there was a commotion trying to figure out what was going on and where it was. It became very obvious that it was right next door,” she said. declared.
The five-alarm fire left the Canton Apartments on Classen Curve unrecognizable.
“It was a difficult decision to decide to close, but when it comes to people’s safety, there is simply no doubt about it. Smoke inhalation is not good and the fact that we don’t really know what was in that smoke,” Parker said.
The Ellison Hotel, neighboring Canton Apartments, closed the following day due to extensive smoke damage.
“I’ve been in Oklahoma City for 16-17 years in hotels and no, I’ve never had to completely close a hotel. Mostly open it up, close it completely, and now I’m back to reopen it,” a said the director of sales and marketing.
The hotel has replaced its air ducts, furniture and deep cleaned carpets and surfaces.
“We did extensive air quality testing on multiple occasions to ensure we were completely ready to welcome our own associates as well as the public,” she said.
The staff do their best to navigate uncharted territory.
“I really believe this team did that. The spirit of The Ellison is very resilient, and I think people are going to see it very, very soon,” she said.
The Ellison is taking reservations and will be open on May 2 and will host another big reopening event on May 19.