On Monday 30th April, more than 100 fire-fighters battled to control a raging fire as it tore through the Falmouth Beach Hotel in Cornwall. While no one was injured during the course of the fire, it caused the roof of the 4 storey hotel to collapse, and led to the evacuation of a nearby hotel as a precaution.
According to Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, the alarm was raised around midday, and 10 appliances, 2 aerial platforms and 2 water carriers were called to the scene to control the fire. A high volume pump and a helicopter for aerial reconnaissance were also requested.
Attempts to control the fire continued into the night, taking a total of 7 hours to extinguish the flames; damping down and monitoring of hot spots lasted until Tuesday morning.
Although no official cause has been revealed, investigators have said the fire could be linked to a tar heater being used to repair a hotel balcony.
Although this is a 120-bedroom hotel, it is reported that only 30 guests were in the premises at the time, and all were able to evacuate safely.
It has been reported that the damage dealt by the blaze was so extensive that much of the hotel’s remaining structure will need to be demolished.
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