Shawnee firefighters on Friday responded to the former Cinderella Motel at 623 Kickapoo Spur and extinguished a fire in the indoor swimming pool area.
The motel, which has been closed for years, has been the site of previous break-ins.
Shawnee Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Miller said it appears a vagrant was inside and started a trash fire in the empty swimming pool, which is located inside an enclosed courtyard.
Although it was a small fire, he said the area quickly filed up with smoke and the woman needed help getting out of the building.
“It was dark and full of smoke,” he said.
The woman indicated there could be other homeless inside the structure, he said, so firefighters checked every room of the abandoned motel.
No one else was found inside, but Miller said it's obvious from the scene that lots of people have been inside the old motel since it closed.
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