‘Arsonists’ start huge blaze at disused Weston hotel during lockdown

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More than 40 firefighters tackled a huge blaze at a disused hotel in Weston-super-Mare on Easter Sunday night.

A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said scene investigators believe the blaze was started ‘deliberately’.

Crews from across Bristol and North Somerset raced to the former hotel on Birnbeck Road, at 9:30pm.

Station manager Vaughan Jenkins said crews had to work extremely hard against ‘difficult conditions’ to extinguish the flames.

Luckily, no one was in the injured during the incident.

Police closed neighbouring roads while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Mr Jenkins said: “Three fire appliances and an aerial appliance from Weston Super Mare Fire Station were initially mobilised to the fire and on arrival crews found a fire in a large disused hotel consisting of three floors and a basement area.

“Officers quickly requested additional resources which arrived from Portishead, Avonmouth, Kingswood, Yatton and Winscombe fire stations to assist in extinguishing the fire and to search the building to ensure no persons were located or trapped inside.

“At its height there were over 40 Fire-fighters in attendance.

“The attending crews worked hard in difficult conditions to bring a swift conclusion to the incident and to stop the fire spreading any further.”

Crews used 12 breathing apparatus, three high pressure hose reel jets and two 45mm jets.

Positive pressure ventilation fans and thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots were used once the fire was extinguished.

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