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Majestic Hotel Fire Harrogate

5th May 2010

At 04.58 this morning, 5th May 2010, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) was called to the Majestic Hotel, Ripon Rd, Coppice, Harrogate to reports of a fire on the top floor of the hotel.

Two Harrogate appliances quickly arrived at the scene and requested assistance. In total 18 fire appliances attended from NYFRS along with appliances from neighbouring West Yorkshire Fire Service. Three special aerial appliances and a number of supporting officers and equipment were also sent to the scene.

The fire involved top floor staff bed rooms and the roof area with fire and smoke emitting and members of the public making multiple repeated calls to the fire service.

Unfortunately despite early information that everyone had left the building, it became evident that a member of staff was actually still missing.

The hotel was evacuated of over 150 guests and staff and fire fighters worked very hard to bring the fire under control, and limit damage where possible. This was finally achieved at 13.05 p.m.

Sadly at 14.00 hrs we had to announce that a body had been located in the staff quarters of the hotel and further information will come from the police on that issue.

It is still too early to comment on a cause for the fire but an investigation has commenced in conjunction with North Yorkshire Police and it can be assumed that this process will take several days with a fire service presence remaining at the hotel.

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