Tragedy unfolds at Cameron House as blaze causes fatalities

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Police Scotland have confirmed that two people have died at Cameron House Hotel following a blaze this morning at the five-star hotel.

A Police Statement said, “Police Scotland can now confirm two people have died following a fire at the Cameron House Hotel earlier today, Monday 18 December 2017. Around 0650 hours, police were called to a report of a fire at the hotel.  More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building which has been extensively damaged.  Officers remain at the scene and are working with other emergency services to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene.  Four people were taken to hospital, one to the RAH who later died. A further three people were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University, Hospital for treatment.

It is understood that more than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel, near Balloch, in the early hours of the morning. However the fire continued to rage throughout the day with the Scottish fire and rescue service still on the scene this afternoon, with firefighters searching the building and tackling flames.

A local resident said that she saw ambulances rushing to the scene as she was making her way to work. It’s understood that three of the people taken to hospital were from the same family with a young child involved.

A statement on the hotel website said, “Due to an ongoing incident please be aware that Cameron House will remain closed to arriving guests for at least the next 72 hours. 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 will follow in due course. While the hotel’s Facebook page said the fire took hold within the main building”.

Police Scotland have said a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

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