Update: Crews Continue to Battle Majestic Hotel Fire

Published 02/27 2014 06:20PM

Updated 02/28 2014 05:49AM

Update: Reporter Maxine Ridling is live on the scene this morning. The Majestic Hotel is currently still burning.

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Crews have been battling a fire at Hot Spring's historic Majestic Hotel since 5:30 p.m. Thursday and are expected to continue dousing the fire well into Friday morning.

The hotel is on Park Avenue just off Central Avenue.

Gas lines on either side of the hotel have been excavated and capped as a precaution.

The Majestic is one of the most historic hotels in central Arkansas.
It's been a fixture in downtown Hot Springs since the late 1800's.
Abandoned and closed in 2006, it's been vacant ever since.
It was reported to be a favored destination of gangsters like Al Capone and was also visited by the likes of baseball great Babe Ruth. 
In the 1900s, several Major League teams would bring their players to Hot Springs to train, putting them up at the Majestic.
The hotel went through several renovations over the decades but became less popular after a crackdown on illegal gambling. 
On October 22, 2006 -- Monty Scott -- President of Southwest Hotels, shut it down -- blaming its demise on casino gambling in neighboring states.

Recently, the hotel has fallen into a state of extreme disrepair.

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