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Falmouth Beach Hotel fire: Appeal to 'missing' guests

  • 5-1-2012

Residents who were staying at a hotel in Cornwall destroyed by fire have been asked to let police know they are safe.

More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out at the Falmouth Beach Hotel at Gyllyngvase just after 12:00 BST on Monday.

Guests, including Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, were moved to safety but 12 guests - thought to have gone on day trips - were unaccounted for.

Nine have since made contact but the other three have not been heard from.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there was nothing to suggest the guests had come to harm.

Roof collapse

"It is likely they have gone out on day trips but police would like these individuals to make themselves known to officers at the scene or to call police on 101 to confirm they are safe and well," a statement said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.

Investigators are asking anyone with photos or video footage of the fire in its early stages, and prior to the arrival of the fire service, to get in contact.

At its height, 10 appliances, two aerial platforms and two water carriers were used to fight the blaze at the 120-bedroom hotel - one of the biggest in Falmouth.

Firefighters' efforts to control the blaze were hampered by strong winds which fanned the flames, allowing the fire to spread throughout the building, causing the roof to collapse.

Alternative accommodation had to be found for 30 people from the Falmouth Beach Hotel, plus 100 guests at the neighbouring St Michael's Hotel.

St Michael's owner Nigel Carpenter said the loss of his neighbouring hotel was a "knock for Falmouth".

He said: "It is 120 rooms out of the town for the foreseeable future."

He said his staff were "hoping to start our clean-up when we are allowed back in".

It took firefighters more than seven hours to bring the fire under control but crews remained at the hotel on Monday night damping down hot spots.

The nearby Falmouth Hotel provided accommodation for some of those left without rooms.

Manager Ben Young said some holidaymakers had been left with "literally no possessions" as a result of the fire.

He said: "Those that have been out all day came back to find that all their possessions have gone.

"There were also those who were due to check in who had nowhere to check into."

Olympic Torch

The family-run Falmouth Beach Hotel, which opened in 1984, became part of the Best Western group of hotels in 2000.

A Best Western spokesperson said hotel accommodation had been found within Falmouth for people who were due to stay at the Falmouth Beach this week.

The hotel's event coordinator had also begun to contact couples who were due to celebrate their weddings, the spokesperson added.

The mayor of Falmouth, Geoffrey Evans, said the fire was a disaster for the town and "couldn't have happened at a worse time".

Next month Falmouth is due to host the Finn Cup sailing competition and is one of the towns to welcome the Olympic Torch on the first day of its relay throughout the UK.

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