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Hotel guests evacuated after fire

Posted Tue 16th February 2010 at 11:01

A night porter is being hailed a hero after putting out a fire and evacuating guests from the Braye Beach Hotel.

The fire started in the bar area of the Divers' Inn shortly after 4am and spread to the hotel, which is part of the same building. It took the island's fire crew an hour to deal with the incident.

Eleven guests and staff had to be evacuated from their top-floor rooms and spent half an hour standing in Braye Street while the building was made safe. No one was injured during the incident.

Scott Chance, the hotel's general manager, said: "The fire started in the Divers' bar and came through a socket into the hotel. We think it started in a waste paper bin.

"It set a few boxes alight in the hotel and this caused the fire alarm to go off.

"Our quick thinking night porter, Donald Vidal, saved the day. He contacted the fire brigade, evacuated the hotel and located the fire before putting it out."

Mr Chance said the guests were given a hot drink while fire fighters dealt with the incident.

"Everyone was taken outside and had a cup of coffee. They were very understanding â?? they would rather be downstairs than getting fried in their bedrooms."

Mr Chance said the Divers, which suffered minor smoke damage, would open for lunch as normal today.

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