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Fire guts part of downtown Dallas building

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A building being renovated into a new Homewood Suites was damaged after a three alarm fire midday Wednesday.

Officials with the hotel chain told FOX4 workers were installing dry wall and flooring when the fire broke out on the fifth floor of the nine story building shortly before noon.

Construction workers were in the building at the time and were evacuated. The fire was put out by 12:30 p.m.

Workers said they think mattresses might have fueled the blaze, but Dallas Fire officials said they do not have an official cause of the fire.

Fire officials said they believe the fire was accidental.

The renovated building was set to open as a new hotel in August 2013. Management for the hotel told FOX4 they believe they will be able to make repairs and still open on schedule.

DART shutdown light rail service for more than three hours in downtown Dallas due to the fire, since the building is right next to the tracks.

DART light rail service resumed shortly before rush hour, but trains were not on their regular schedules.

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