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Fire safety checks to be carried out at Ilfracombe hotels

PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 November 2017

The scene of the fire at the Dilkhusa Grand Hotel in Ilfracombe this morning (Tuesday). Picture: Tony Gussin

The scene of the fire at the Dilkhusa Grand Hotel in Ilfracombe this morning (Tuesday). Picture: Tony Gussin


An early morning fire at an Ilfracombe hotel has prompted the fire service to say it will check that others are also maintaining proper safety standards

The fire service has said it will be checking up on safety measures at hotels in Ilfracombe following a fire in the town this morning (Tuesday).

Six fire crews attended the Dilkhusa Grand Hotel in Wilder Road at 2.40am today to deal with a third floor fire, which only affected the room of origin.

There is no suggestion there was anything wrong with the hotel’s safety measures, but station manager Colin Mills said the incident showed how important it was for hotel owners to ensure their fire safety measures and procedures were in place.

He said: “The fire precautions at the Dilkhusa were well maintained and we’d like to praise the hotel staff for their actions during the incident.

“However, we have become aware that fire safety measures at other hotels in the town may not be up to standard and we will be carrying out checks across the town in the period leading up to Christmas.”

The service will be sending out its business safety officers to make checks around the town.

This morning, firefighters evacuated 184 guests and staff and eight people were rescued or led to safety.

Four were taken to hospital for precautionary checks suffering with minor smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire at the Dilkhusa is believed to be deliberate and investigations are continuing.

Fire service advice for businesses

It is the responsibility of the property owners to ensure that adequate fire safety measures are in place and the Fire Safety Order is complied with.

The main issues to consider include the following:

A fire risk assessment has been carried out and the findings acted upon.

All the escape routes are clear and accessible.

Staff are trained to know what to do in the event of an emergency incident.

There is a working fire detection and warning system which has been tested.

Emergency lighting is working.

Checks carried out by staff on the above are recorded.

More information about fire safety is on the service’s website

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