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Fire in Benalmádena hotel,Spain

Apr 3, 2007 - 8:38 PM

The two lower floors were evacuated as a precaution

Part of a Benalmádena hotel was evacuated early on Tuesday, after a fire broke out in the hotel sauna.

It happened at the four-star Holiday World Palace in Benalmádena Costa shortly after 6.30, and caused the ground and first floors to be evacuated as a precautionary measure. One person was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

It appears that the sauna area was the only part of the building to be damaged.

The 187 tourists staying at the Holiday Palace Hotel in Benalmádena awoke to evacuation orders on Tuesday morning after fire had broken out in the building’s basement. The cause was apparently an electrical fault in the thermostat in a sauna.
“We were asleep and suddenly the National Police were knocking on the door. There was a lot of smoke”, recalled Daniel Martínez a 20 year old from Galicia spending his Holy Week holidays at the hotel.

The alarm went off at 5.30 a.m. when the hotel staff called the Police and the fire brigade. The evacuation of the 187 hotel guests, including children and babies, was carried out “without incident” said sources. However the emergency services did have to attend to a Spanish woman who was pregnant and an English woman. The guests were allowed back to their rooms at 9.30 a.m.

Hotel fire forces evacuation; no one hurt

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Flames ripping through the roof of the Comfort Inn near Winstead Avenue proved more bark than bite Monday afternoon, causing no injuries and minimal damage.

Rocky Mount firefighters responded to a 2:09 p.m. call reporting the blaze on the building's east wing and extinguished it in less than half an hour.

Officials said they believe the fire was started by a malfunction in the exterior lights that line the top of the building.

"We'll determine that in our investigation," said Operations Chief David English.

Five guests and 15 staff members safely evacuated the five-story building.

Paula Hindman and Jeanne Robertson, two of the guests who were inside at the time of the fire, seemed unshaken by the event as they watched from a patch of grass nearby.

Both women were staying on the ground floor in the west wing.

"There were flames coming out of (the roof) when I first walked out," said Hindman, who lives in Caswell County.

About 30 people, including firefighters and Nash County Emergency Services workers, responded to the scene.

The fire burned some of the green metal roofing sheets atop the building, but did not make its way into any of the rooms.

"We don't have any damage other than the water," said Seretha Powell, the hotel's General Manager. "We were very lucky they got out here so quickly."


Dad's Army hotel hit by fire

08 April 2007 20:06

An historic Norfolk hotel made famous by Dads' Army but now threatened with demolition has been ravaged by fire.

In a battle worthy of the Home Guard team that starred in the BBC comedy, residents of Thetford last year launched a campaign to save the town's Anchor Hotel from being destroyed.

But their fight to get the hotel listed status, preventing its demolition, received a setback on Saturday evening when much of the now-derelict building was hit by fire.

Station manager Phil Berry, the firefighter in charge of dealing with the blaze, said five fire crews were needed to tackle the blaze, which had started on the ground floor.

Firefighters were called at 7.39pm on Saturday and remained on scene to the early hours of Sunday as the blaze spread to the second floor and the roof.

First, officers had to check each room of the boarded-up building to make certain that squatters, known to use it in the past, were not on the premises.

“It is a large building and the fire affected the front of it, and there was heavy smoke-logging throughout,” said Mr Berry. “We were aware that people from time to time seek refuge in the building and could have been trapped, but there was no one in there.”

The buildings' owners have, legitimately, cut away fire escapes to prevent people gaining entry into the building - but that makes it far harder for people to escape in a blaze.

Mr Berry said the main damage was done to the roof at the rear of the building but that the ridge of the central chimney had also been destroyed and there was smoke staining to the boarded-up windows at the front of the property.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched, but the building is known to have been hit by arsonists in the past.

Last August firefighters were called to three small fires in short succession, which saw rubbish set alight on the ground floor, in the roof and a shed destroyed. Each was deemed an arson attack.

Between 2001 and 2005 Norfolk County Council reported that “bored youngsters” had been responsible for 353 fires in Thetford.

The 18th century Anchor Hotel shot to fame after being used in the first scene of the first episode of Dads' Army in 1968 and is now the first stopping point on tours of the town based on locations featured in the comedy.

Last year new owners The Zog Group, a Hertford-based property company, told the EDP the building was “an eyesore” and that they wanted to replace it with homes and a shopping complex on the Bridge Street site.

But the town's Thetford Society has since launched an application to make the building Grade II listed, preventing its demolition and preserving it for future generations.



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