Yesterday, we reported that a fire broke out at the abandoned old Howard Johnson Inn on North Stateline Avenue. The fire was reported early Tuesday afternoon and firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before finally putting it out.

The plume of smoke was so thick and was blowing over the highway making for dangerous situations. Fire crews had to seal off the area to traffic as they had to run their hoses over the street to get to the fire. At last report, the Howard Johnson Inn has been vacant for a number of years, however, a YouTube video that was recorded in April of last year shows just what the property looked like and it was not good. As with most vacant motels, there is a strong possibility that homeless or vagrants could squat in these places.

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According to fire officials, the building was a total loss and the fire is still under investigation.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Here's a look at that video from Retail Mix, followed by an aerial view of the fire from yesterday filmed from the TXK.Today.

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