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Six people injured after a major blaze at seafront Hotel

 

Could this happen to your facility if staff are not trained and an no Emergency management Plan is in place  that complies with Australian Standard 3745 requirements

 

Six people have been injured after a major blaze badly damaged a seafront hotel.

Firefighters battled for several hours to stop the spread of flames which tore through the Claremont hotel on a Friday morning.

Dramatic footage showed flames raging on every floor of the Victorian hotel, which is close to the town’s historic pier.

Twelve fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze, as well as specialist vehicles including aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump. Crews pumped water from the sea and fought against strong winds to contain the flames.

 

The fire service urged people to avoid the area and warned residents of nearby homes to keep doors and windows closed as thick smoke rises from the building.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Andrews said: “This is a very serious incident and the fire took hold very quickly.

“The swift actions of the hotel staff meant everyone got out of the hotel safely, and we thank them for their efforts.”

He added: ““The fire spread from the basement through to the upper floors. The wind also caused some additional challenges and we needed to take water from the sea.

“We will now work to ensure that the fire is completely put out. This will take several hours and so the roads in the area are likely to remain closed for the foreseeable future.”

Roads in the area have been closed and power supplies have been isolated.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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