Firefighters responded to the America's Best Value Motel on TV Road in Florence for a fire that burned one room and left several others with smoke damage.
About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the motel clerk got complaints from customers that they smelled smoke coming from the room. The clerk went to check it out, opened the door, and was pushed back by the flames. The clerk called 9-1-1.
The motel was evacuated. About 50 to 60 people were staying there.
Many people live at the motel, according to Windy Hill Fire Chief John DeLung
No one was inside the room where the fire started. The cause is under investigation.