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VIDEO: Fire at the Alverton Manor Hotel blocks road in Truro

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

  • A fireman inspects the damage at the hotel

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A fire at the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro is causing traffic chaos in Truro.

One lane of Tregolls Road in Truro is still closed after a fire ripped through the Alverton Manor Hotel this morning, causing damage to a newly refurbished function room.

A police diversion at Trafalgar roundabout is currently in place.

The blaze, which is understood to have started in the hotel’s Great Hall at around 9am this morning, is now under control.

Cornwall Fire Service chief incident officer Guy Herrington said that a “significant amount of damage” has been sustained to roughly a quarter of the hall.

No one was injured in incident and fire crews have praised quick thinking staff for evacuating guests promptly.

Tony Wong, a technical support manager at the hotel, said: “I walked in to the room at 9.05 because I could smell smoke and then I started off the fire alarm.

“It was scary and the room has only been recently refurbished.”

Mr Wong said that a wedding booked at the hotel this weekend which will no longer be able to take place.

A spokesman for the hotel, which hosts around 52 weddings each year, has posted a message on the Alverton Manor Hotel Facebook page for those with events booked at the venue.

“As you may have seen, we've had a small fire at the hotel this morning. All are safe but our phone lines are down at the moment.

"If you have a function or wedding coming up soon Nikki and Larissa will be in touch in the next 24 hours.”

Staff from a doctor’s surgery in Bodmin were due to have a conference in the hotel today.

Michelle Pratley, a member of the conference, said: “We arrived about 9.15 this morning and then the fire alarm sounded and then they started to say it wasn’t a drill and for us to evacuate.

Access to the building is still limited and four fire crews remain at the scene checking for hot-spots and embers.

Devon and Cornwall police are also in attendance.

It is understood that curtain material initially caught alight, causing flames to rise vertically in to the roof space.

The extent of the damage is not yet known and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the fire was started accidentally.

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  • Kim_atkinson  |  January 22 2014, 3:38PM

    I feel for the hotel, recently renovated. I hope they are back on their feet ASAP. I notice in another report, that firemen from various stations were there, including Camborne, but not Redruth. Are they are still having problems recruiting or something? I hope not, as I live in the town and want a fire engine to turn up, should I need it. I just hope I can rely on the fire bosses and I hope it's not true about the lack of firemen in my town Redruth