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Ryde Castle Hotel blaze sparked by fireworks display

  • 9-5-2012

A firework display on top of an Isle of Wight hotel was probably the cause of a blaze in the building, an investigation has found.

Ryde Castle Hotel, owned by Greene King, partially collapsed during the fire in March, while a Hampshire couple's wedding reception took place.

Robert and Alex Ballard, from Gosport, escaped from the fire along with their 50 guests. No-one was injured.

Greene King said it took health and safety "very seriously".

A spokesperson added: "[We] regularly train our staff on these important procedures."

Mr Ballard, who did not take out personal wedding insurance, said he was still pursuing a £7,000 claim for damages from Greene King.

"We got about a quarter of our stuff back but it was all water damaged," he said.

"We lost our original wedding certificate and about half of our gifts - and we never even got to try our wedding food or cake."

He said his wedding day had turned into a "nightmare" but added married life was "absolutely brilliant".

The 18-room hotel, which overlooks Ryde Esplanade and Harbour, is currently closed for refurbishment.

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