|Three flee hotel blaze in
night of fire and flood ,England
THREE people were forced to flee from a hotel after
a huge blaze broke out.
It took 40 fire fighters three hours to put out the
blaze at The Bridge House Hotel in High Street, St
Elsewhere on a busy night for the emergency services
there were floods in Barford Road, St Neots; Hatton's
Road, Longstanton and Rogues Lane in Papworth Everard.
Fire crews were called to the hotel at 3.41am today
(Wednesday, 10 January) and found the boat house,
which is part of the main hotel at the rear of the
building, well alight.
The fire had broken through into the main hotel and
spread to the ground and first floors. The rest of
the building has been badly smoke damaged.
The hotel was closed for renovation and three people
escaped unhurt before fire crews arrived.
An investigation has been launched into the cause
of the blaze. Dave Richardson, divisional officer
for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service, was at
He said: "There was significant heat and fire
damage and extensive smoke damage to the building.
"If it wasn't for the swift action of the two
St Neots fire appliances preventing the fire from
travelling through the ground floor then, with an
old building of this design, we would likely have
lost a significant part of the building.
"The boat house part of the building on the
lower ground floor and the ground floor bar area of
the hotel have been badly affected.
"We have done a preliminary fire investigation
and we will now be conducting a full investigation."
Six fire engines were called to the scene, from Huntingdon,
Gamlingay and Papworth, as well as St Neots.
There were also two support vehicles from Huntingdon