after fire breaks out
More than 40 guests were evacuated from Oxford's
Malmaison Hotel today after a fire broke out in a
room containing electrical switch gear.
Forty firefighters arrived at the hotel, in New Road,
within minutes after the alarm was raised by a receptionist
shortly after 7.30am.
Incident commander Dick Bowley, based at Rewley Road,
said: "Staff at the hotel dealt with the incident
very professionally and evacuated about 40 guests.
"Ambulance crews were on stand-by but no-one
was injured and no-one needed treatment for inhaling
"Our investigation is under way but the fire
is not being treated as suspicious. The cause is not
yet known and our investigation will continue."
Mr Bowley added that the extent of the smoke damage
to the second floor was still being assessed.
advertisementHe added that no other shops or businesses
close to the hotel, which is part of the Oxford Castle
and prison redevelopment, needed to be evacuated as
a result of the fire.
One guest, a woman in her 30s, said: "It was
all quite calm.
"Some of the guests had to rush out in bare
feet. Carluccio's were very kind and gave everyone