November 6: Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy reports that the cause of the old Mapes Motel fire last week was “probably” electrical.
2:54pm – Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy reports an old motel converted to a home is on fire. Flames showing. Setting up attack.
3:30pm The fire is spreading between two older homes – the string of buildings used to be an old motel. The buildings are owned by Mary Metcalf, an elderly woman. She has one male renter. Metcalf and the renter were not on the premises. They’re okay.