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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sauna blaze sparks evacuation of hotel

A FIRE that broke out in a sauna at a South Lakes hotel forced guests to flee the building.

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CREWS AT WORK: The fire at the Old England Hotel, Bowness yesterday

The blaze started at the Old England Hotel and Spa in Bowness just before 8am yesterday. No-one was injured.

Five fire engines attended the Macdonald chain hotel and 22 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze.

Engines were deployed from Windermere, Staveley and Kendal.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said the last engine did not leave the scene until late yesterday afternoon.

The spokeswoman said the fire started in the sauna on the ground floor of the hotel.

She said: “The investigation is ongoing. We have no cause established. We are not aware of any injuries.”

Hotel guests had to evacuate the building and were initially taken to the nearby Stags Head Hotel, and then into St Martin’s Parish Church.

The hotel was open again by yesterday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Macdonald Hotels said yesterday: “Earlier this morning at approximately 7.45am the fire alarm at the Macdonald Old England was triggered following the outbreak of small fire in the sauna area of the hotel spa.

“The safety of our guests is our top priority and hotel staff carried out a full evacuation of the property. We can confirm no guests have been harmed.

“The fire service attended and we are undertaking a full investigation to confirm the cause of the fire in line with our established health and safety procedures.

“Guests remained outside the property until the fire service carried out their initial investigation and confirmed the property was safe to return to. It is too early at this stage to comment on damage to the property, although our initial inspection suggests the fire was contained with minimal damage.”

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