Hotel is evacuated after boiler room blaze

31st Jan 2011

More than 30 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a hotel in Basingstoke which started in a first floor boiler room.

Firefighters from Basingstoke, Overton, Kingsclere and Eastleigh were drafted to the Beach Arms Hotel and restaurant in Andover Road, Basingstoke, after fire control operators received reports that the first floor boiler room was well alight.

The alarm was raised at around 12pm on Saturday, January 22 and police cordoned off the area to allow firefighters to tackle the blaze at the popular venue.

Fire crews used six sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reels, and a specialist aerial ladder platform to extinguish the fire.

Station manager Ryan Thurman has since praised the swift actions of the fire crews. He said: “Essentially we were facing a serious fire in the first floor plant room of the hotel. Two members of staff had attempted to tackle the blaze with a fire extinguisher, however the hotel manager took the right course of action by swiftly evacuating the whole premises and alerting the fire and rescue service.

“If the hotel not had a well-maintained smoke alarm system, I have no doubt that this fire could potentially have spread beyond the room of origin and seriously damaged the roof of the hotel, if not the whole building.”

A fire investigation is currently underway.