Marco Hilton remains closed after electrical fire

An electrical fire reported at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa last week kept the hotel closed Monday.

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa


The fire started in an electrical room on the ninth floor of the building and was reported around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Marco Island Fire Department.

Hotel staff shut down the power to the building, according to Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy. When fire crews got to the electrical room, the fire was still burning, even though the sprinklers in the room had gone off. 

"It was in an electrical box that contained magnesium," Murphy said. 

The hotel was evacuated, and no one was hurt. Hotel guests were relocated to other hotels in Naples and Marco Island, according to a statement from Vincent Bucci, the hotel's managing director.

Murphy said hotel staff indicated about 200 rooms were occupied when the fire started.

Once the fire was extinguished, hotel staff came up with a plan to assess damage, according to Murphy. 

"Their concern was water damage that could have gone down multiple floors," Murphy said. "They brought in their own investigators to look into what the cause may have been."

Damage caused by the fire was minor, according to Bucci. It is not known when the hotel will reopen, but hotel staff may have an update by Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We were extremely fortunate, and so were the guests, that the fire was quickly contained to the room of origin," Murphy said. "It could’ve been a disaster."