Fire at historic hotel in Broadway
Firefighters from Broadway were at the address within minutes and assessing the scale of the incident, requested the attendance of extra resources, and further fire crews from Evesham (two) and Pebworth, plus the Aerial Ladder Platform from Worcester, joined them at the scene.
The fire had broken out in a fireplace on the ground floor of the hotel, and with residents safely evacuated, crews were able to bring the fire under control within a couple of hours using a co-ordinated attack, with firefighters in breathing apparatus using a hose reel inside the premises and the aerial ladder platform also used to tackle the fire from the roof outside.
Two people were treated by ambulance crews for the effects of smoke inhalation.
Station Commander Toby Kempton from HWFRS explained: "We arrived to find a fire in a large inglenook fireplace on the ground floor of the hotel, which had caused extensive smoke-logging to the ground and first floors. Smoke was also starting to affect the second floor, and a sprinkler system had also activated.
"Staff at the hotel had ensured the safe evacuation of all of the residents and carried out an effective roll call, and so our principal concern was the fire spread within the building, particularly in light of the heavy smoke logging and the complex design of the property."
He added: "A fire at historic premises like this can be devastating but thanks to the efficient evacuation by staff at the hotel and the initial assessment of the first officer at the scene, damage was kept to a minimum and the hotel was able to get back to business within a few hours."
Thermal imaging equipment was used to check there were no hidden hotspots and a re-inspection was also carried out in the early hours of this morning (Monday 19 March).