A fire broke out early Tuesday at the Sahara Motel in Desert Hot Springs, where guests were evacuated from their rooms and three units were damaged, according to Cal Fire.
The fire was reported at 3:42 a.m. Oct. 1 at 66700 5th St. and more than 40 firefighters responded, Jody Hagemann of Cal Fire-Riverside County said in a statement.
"Upon arrival, the first on scene engine company reported smoke visible from a building at a two story motel with evacuations in progress," Hagemann said. "Quick action by firefighters knocked the fire down shortly after arrival.
Three units sustained substantial damage, displacing the occupants, Hagemann said in an update at 4:40 a.m. Motel staff were assisting displaced guests. Firefighters expected to be on scene several hours for overhaul.
Information about the cause of the fire was not disclosed. No injuries were reported.
Agencies that responded included Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company.
Reached by phone before 11 a.m. Tuesday, staff at the motel declined to comment for this report.