Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Marietta, Ga. Temporarily Closes Following Fatal Fire

ATLANTA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Lodgian, one of the nation’s largest independent owners and operators of full-service hotels, including the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Marietta, Ga., said that they have temporarily closed the hotel, pending completion of a fire department investigation.

The hotel’s fire alarm system reported a fire at approximately 3 a.m. this morning. Hotel staff immediately notified fire department officials and began assisting in the evacuation of guests. According to fire department officials, the fire caused one fatality and 26 additional guests were evacuated to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation, which is expected to be concluded later this week.

“We are deeply saddened by the death and injuries, and our prayers are with our guests, associates and their families,” said Ed Rohling, Lodgian president and chief executive officer. “We have relocated guests to other accommodations in the city. We will determine when the hotel will re-open following the investigation and evaluation of the extent of the damage.”

Hotel guests who wish to reclaim their belongings or have questions about future reservations may call 770-952-7581. Any other inquiries maybe directed to Jerry Daly at Daly Gray Public Relations, 703-435-6293.

Lodgian is one of the largest independent owners and operators of full- service hotels in the United States. The company currently owns and/or manages a portfolio of 78 hotels with 14,120 rooms located in 29 states and Canada. Of the company’s 78-hotel portfolio, 49 are InterContinental Hotels Group brands (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Select and Holiday Inn Express) 16 are Marriott brands (Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn), and 11 are affiliated with four other nationally recognized hospitality franchises such as Hilton and Carlson (Radisson and Park Inn). Two hotels are independent, unbranded properties. For more information about Lodgian, visit the company’s Web site: http://www.lodgian.com/.

This press release includes forward-looking statements related to Lodgian’s operations that are based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially. The words “guidance,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate,” “plan,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Certain factors are not within the company’s control and readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the company’s ability to generate sufficient working capital from operations and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s SEC reports. The company undertakes no obligations to update events to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future results over time.

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