Guests evacuated after roof fire at Launceston hotel

Guests had to be evacuated from The White Hart hotel in Launceston in the early hours of this morning (30 July) after a fire broke out through the roof of the property.

Fire crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called to the scene at around 01:52am this morning after reports of a fire from the Hotel’s annex roof. All guests were safely evacuated and nobody was hurt.

A statement from Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: “One fire appliance from Launceston, one fire appliance from Callington, one fire appliance from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) Holsworthy Fire Station and an aerial ladder platform from DSFRS Crownhill were mobilised following several 999 calls reporting a fire in a roof.

“On arrival, the crew from Launceston requested a further fire appliance, which was mobilised from Liskeard.  Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly knocked down the fire in the roof space of an annex section of a hotel, measuring five metres by thirty metres.”

It added: “Everyone was able to get out of the building and there are no casualties. Fire crews are checking for hotspots using a thermal imaging camera to ensure that the fire has been fully extinguished. They are also helping with salvage to prevent any further damage.”

An announcement from the hotel on Facebook revealed the hotel will remain open however its kitchen services will be closed due to the damage.

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