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Local vacant hotel at the brink of collapse after fire

Vacant Hotel fire causes the building to collapse inward. Local Firefighters are monitoring the building.

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Firefighters are keeping a close eye on the Mayan Hotel, after a fire ripped through it Saturday night.

Bob Seger, General Manager of KGBA radio, said he rushed to his office when he heard about the vacant Mayan Hotel burning.

His radio station is adjacent to the Mayan Hotel building so he worried the flames would spread and catch fire. “I wanted to make sure if our roof caught fire, the firefighters had access to our facility,” said Segar.

Firefighters have now closed off 6th and Main St. They said the building could collapse at any minute. The fire pretty much destroyed the inside of the building.

No word on what may have caused the fire, but the El Centro Fire Department is investigating. They are looking into it as a possible act of arson, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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