The Holiday Inn Express in Silver City recently has had the dubious Honor of hosting some of the Firefighters in New Mexico fighting the Silver Fire. The Silver Fire has continued to grow and through June 24th had burned 125 square miles, over 80,000 acres and was only 20% contained. Many of the local hotels are hosting firefighters.
“The men come back at all hours of the day and night. They look tired and smoky and just want to go to their rooms and sleep. We don’t see a lot of them around the hotel.” according to Julie the Guest Services Representative that has worked the Front Desk for twelve years. Julie has seen a number of fires come and go. “It’s never nice to have a fire and we feel for the people who are in it’s path but we are thankful for the Firefighters help and glad that we can provide them a clean, safe place to go, relax and get away from it for a little while.” said Michelle Carrillo, General Manager.
The hotel is full but most times the parking lot is empty. There are all kinds of guests but the breakfast often uneaten. The men come in late and leave early or come in the middle of the day to catch a few hours of sleep.
According to Janet Glynn, the Regional Director for the hotel, often the hotels have to help in emergencies and this hotel and all of the Lodging Host IHG brands participate in “Shelter in the Storm”, an IHG Corporate initiative. Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host said after a recent visit to the hotel, “I can tell you all of the employees are very concerned about what is going on with fire. They are informed about it. They are following the progress on different social media. They communicate with our other guests when it is going to affect their trips or vacations and they are doing what they can to help.”