Drone footage shows fire destruction of Santa Rosa hotels


A drone video by Douglas Thron, posted on YouTube, shows the fire destruction in Santa Rosa, Calif., including to the Hilton Sonoma and Fountaingrove hotels. 

The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country had extensive fire damage and is closed indefinitely," the hotel wrote in an Oct. 10 post on its Facebook page. "As of this evening, our staff has not been permitted to return to the property."

Adjacent to that 13-acre property, the Fountaingrove Inn "fell victim to the devastating fire in Sonoma County, and guests were subsequently evacuated," wrote Justin Hayman, the hotel's general manager, on its website last week. "At this time, we are unable to conduct business in any capacity."

Less than a mile away and just on the other side of Highway 101, the Best Western Plus Wine Country Inn & Suites was also shut down.

"The hotel has suffered some damage but very minimal especially considering what our neighbors have endured," the hotel wrote in an Oct. 11 Facebook post. "As of right now, the hotel is obviously not open for guests. We are working on getting the hotel operational again as soon as possible. We will let you all know when we are open again."

Other hotels in California's wine country closed because of loss of power or bad air quality from the smoke.


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