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Fire doors help save South Staffs hotel from closure

October 18 2018

Fire doors helped a hotel in South Staffordshire to continue trading following a serious blaze, according to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire started in the kitchen and that room has now been completely gutted. However, everything on the other side of the kitchen fire door is fine. The hotel is still trading and residents have been allowed back into their rooms to resume their stay.

Technical Safety Lead, Matt White

Firefighters were called to the blaze at about 5.20pm last night (Wednesday, October 17, 2018) which had started in a fryer in the kitchen. Five pumps were in attendance at the height of the fire and all residents and staff had to be evacuated. Six firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets along with a main jet to put out the flames. However, over the past 12 months, new fire doors had been fitted in the building which prevented the fire from spreading.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Safety Lead, Matt White said: “The fire started in the kitchen and that room has now been completely gutted. However, everything on the other side of the kitchen fire door is fine. The hotel is still trading and residents have been allowed back into their rooms to resume their stay.

“Had it not been for the fire doors the blaze would have undoubtedly spread to the rest of the building and could have caused considerable damage. The doors did their job and contained the fire. Everyone got out and stayed out so thankfully, no-one was injured, either.

“Although it isn’t possible to prepare food at the premises, people are still able to use the bedrooms and the hotel’s business continues with minimal disruption. This shows that fire doors really do work.”