June 4, 2009
fire crews called to Weston
Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston-super-Mare
on Thursday evening (June 4th) after a major blaze swept through
a seafront hotel.
of firefighters from across the area were battling to save The
Royal Pier Hotel near Weston's Birnbeck Pier.
closed roads on and around the seafront and approximately 20 residents
from nearby homes were evacuated.
spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue said 50 firefighters and
10 appliances were at the scene.
fire station officer Ian Hazelton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Both
our crews are on standby at Weston Fire Station to help deal with
the situation. There are a lot of resources being used."
said that one end of the hotel had been devastated by the blaze,
with fire teams hoping to stop the fire spreading.
said on Friday that they have arrested two men, aged 20 and 37,
on suspicion of arson and police enquiries are continuing.
photos show the scene of the blaze on Thursday evening, with fire
crews using tall ladders to try and control the incident