Jenson Button's mother evacuated
The mother of Formula One world champion Jenson Button was among 60 guests who had to be evacuated from a hotel during a blaze, it has been disclosed.
Simone Button was one of the guests at the Premier Inn Hotel in Brackley Hatch, near Syresham, Northamptonshire, when the fire broke out on Monday night.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at the hotel, next to the Green Man pub on the A43, at 9.45pm.
The hotel is popular with visitors to the British Grand Prix at nearby Silverstone, set to take place this weekend.
Police said nobody was injured and 60 guests were taken to other hotels in the surrounding area.
Speaking from the paddock at Silverstone, Button said: "Half the hotel burnt down but mum's room was one of those that got burnt. She has lost a few possessions but other than that she is fine."
The world champion has now rented a motorhome for his mother and one of his sisters to stay in during the Grand Prix, which will be parked at one of the campsites at Silverstone, he said.
Lee Hughes, general manager of the Green Man Inn pub next to the hotel, said he met Simone Button on the night of the blaze.
"I was looking after her that night," he said. "There was about 50 people evacuated from the hotel, and about 40 from the pub. She had stayed there the previous year as well and obviously with her son being at Silverstone and apparently his PA lives near, obviously it's a great place to stay. She is a lovely woman. She was concerned about her possessions and her stuff, but she was all right."
Investigations are continuing as to the cause of the fire, but police previously said it appeared linen in plastic crates outside the main hotel building caught fire. Two men - a 36-year-old man from Coventry and a 20-year-old man from Leicester - were arrested on suspicion of arson but have been released on bail pending further inquiries.