18, 2011 Police
make two arrests after 'deliberate' Highbridge Hotel blaze
Two 19-year-old men have been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea
police investigating last night's blaze at the Highbridge Hotel.
comes after fire crews who tackled the big blaze said there were
strong suspicions that it was set deliberately.
The two men were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and
are being questioned by police.
Fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to the scene shortly
before 5pm and the blaze - which affected a third of the building
- was eventually extinguished with hose reel jets - see online
video and photos
of the fire here.
fire officer Dick Solomon, pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
at the scene: "There are strong suspicions that this fire
was deliberately ignited."
would urge anyone with information about what happened to contact
"The building was well alight when we arrived and the Bridgwater
hydraulic platform was required to reach the roof of the hotel."
Fire crews finally left the scene at 9.50pm when the blaze was
finally put out.
The A38 through Highbridge was closed for several hours during
the busy rush hour while emergency services were at the scene.