as blaze hits hotel
Published Date: 09 July 2009
MORE than 30 firefighters tackled a hotel blaze in
Blackpool after flames broke out in the early hours
of this morning.
The fire started in the bar area of the Sydney Hotel
in Albert Road and spread to the ground floor.
Guests from neighbouring hotels had to be evacuated
amid fears the fire could spread.
The owner of the Sydney Hotel escaped from the building
himself and, after a search of the premises, no-one
else was found inside.
Six fire engines attended the incident just before
Crew manager John Oates, of Blackpool Fire Station,
said: "When we arrived we were confronted by
a lot of smoke coming out of the front door and the
owner was found at the rear of the property suffering
from the effects of smoke inhalation.
"The fire had started in the basement bar area
and flames had gone through the ceiling to the ground
floor. We had to carry out a detailed search because
we did not know if people were in the rooms.
"However, after a search of the whole hotel,
we discovered no-one else in the property. We were
able to contain the flames and prevent them spreading
to neighbouring properties but they were evacuated."
The bar and dining area were completely burned out
by the flames, while there was severe smoke damage
caused to the ground floor and to the contents of
the remainder of the hotel.
Fire crews were alerted by automatic alarms which
went off in the Sydney Hotel and the adjacent premises.
Guests from neighbouring properties were given shelter
in other hotels in Albert Road before being allowed
back into their accommodation.
Firefighters remained at the scene for around three
The owner of the Sydney Hotel was taken to Blackpool
Victoria Hospital where he was kept in overnight.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation
but is not being treated as suspicious.