LISBON, Ohio (WKBN)- A number of people at a Lisbon motel don’t have a place to stay.

Firefighters from multiple departments battled a fire Tuesday at Travelers Motel on State Route 45.

The fire broke out just before 8 a.m.

Lisbon Fire Chief Mark Hall said flames and smoke were coming from the roof when crews arrived. He immediately called for neighboring departments to help out. West Point and Hanoverton helped cut through the roof to keep the flames from spreading.

“All the fire seemed to be up in the roofline, so we opened it up and we contained it. The guys did a really good job containing it to probably a third of the building,” he said.

Crews from Lisbon, Hanoverton Township and West Point were called to the Travelers Motel on State Route 45 just before 8 a.m.

The motel has been a home for many who work in the local oil and gas industry. They stay there for weeks at a time.

Steve Vishak has been living there for the past eight months.

“Everything I had to my name was in that room. The water came in and the attic fell in and everything is underneath it, now,” he said.

Owner Mahendra Patel said he bought the property in 2016. He wasn’t aware that the building was on fire until a passing motorist pulled in to say he could see smoke.

“Somebody came in from the road and they said, ‘fire, fire, fire.'”

Hall said they are waiting to hear from state electrical inspectors to determine a cause.

Patel said he does have insurance. Vischak and other residents hope it is enough to cover what they lost.

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