Two people have been confirmed as dead following the fire at a luxury hotel and spa on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Authorities were called to the blaze at Cameron House in Balloch, at around 6.45am this morning, more than 200 guests have been evacuated from the building, which has been extensively damaged during the fire.

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One declared dead at the scene and four other people have been taken to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley, where the second person later died.  A family of three, two adults and a child, are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

A statement on the hotel’s web page said: “Due to an ongoing incident please be aware that Cameron House will remain closed to arriving guests for at least the next 48 hours”. On their social media Facebook page, Cameron House has confirmed the fire was within the main building.

Police confirmed several guests and employees were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. A spokesman for Scottish Ambulance Service adding: “We dispatched four ambulances, our special operations response team and the trauma team to the scene.”

“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. More information to follow in due course.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said officers were carrying out a search of the building, which has more than 130 bedrooms.

The hotel boasts 5 stars, holds a Michelin star Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant and is extremely popular as a wedding venue.


Posted on: December 18, 2017

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