Two people have died and three others are being treated in hospital after a fire broke out at a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Dozens of firefighters were called to the five-star Cameron House hotel at around 6.40am. Police Scotland said one person died at the scene while another died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
Residents were evacuated from the building in Balloch, on the banks of Scotland’s Loch Lomond, as more than 45 firefighters attended the scene, Scottish news channel STV reported .
Three victims – two adults and a child – were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, while a fourth was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, the BBC reported . Their conditions remain unknown.
More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel while emergency services took control of the area. Firefighters searched the building and tackled flames in the roof of the hotel from an aerial unit.
David McGown, the assistant chief officer of Scottish Fire and Rescue, confirmed that two hotel guests passed away as a result of the blaze.
He said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call this morning at around 6.40am to a fire within Cameron House Hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.
“Unfortunately, and tragically, this has resulted in two people losing their life as a result of the fire.
“The fire and rescue service’s condolences go out to the people involved in this tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives this morning.
“The fire has caused extensive damage to the central section of the hotel. Our crews have been working tirelessly since 7am. We have 14 fire appliances at its height tackling this fire and more than 70 firefighters.
“As you can imagine, as well as being an absolutely tragic incident where people have lost their lives, it is an extremely complicated incident and fire to contain and will continue to do so.
Police and fire officers are now investigating the cause of the fire.
The hotel is a popular wedding venue and houses the Michelin starred Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant.
On its website, Cameron House said the fire was within the main building.
A message read: “We would ask all guests and customers to remain patient as we work with the emergency services to establish the extent of the damage and ascertain when we will be able to re-open.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “This is absolutely dreadful news. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who have died, and to all those affected.
“My thanks also to our brave firefighters and emergency services.
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