ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Fire strikes a downtown St. Louis motel early Tuesday morning, and a space heater is blamed.

St. Louis Fire Capt. Leon Whitener says crews responded to American’s Best Value Inn near Lumiere Place on the Landing about 8:30 a.m. The fire forced those staying at the motel to evacuate on a morning with a below-zero wind chill.

He says they appear to have pinpointed the cause of the two-alarm blaze.

“We believe it to be a wall-mounted heater, that maintenance there says had been giving them issues, was the cause of the fire,” Whitener says.

The room where the fire began was unoccupied.

Five people, including a woman and her three young children, were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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