Five treated after hotel blaze
Four police officers were treated for smoke inhalation today after a hotel blaze in Co Tyrone.
A hotel worker led to safety by the officers from the smoke-logged Four Ways Hotel in the market town of Fivemiletown also needed medical attention.
Firefighters said the man was the only person in the hotel when the fire broke out and 20 people were evacuated from six nearby homes amid fears flames and smoke were spreading to properties on the terraced street.
Investigations are continuing in to the cause of the blaze, which broke out in the bar area at around 2.45am.
Enniskillen District Station Commander Robbie Bryson said the first was so intense that the first floor over the bar and the roof of the building collapsed.
It took 40 firefighters five hours to bring the blaze under control, with an hydraulic platform brought in from Portadown, an hour away. "It looks likes the fire started in the centre of the hotel, like in the bar," said Mr Bryson.
"But as to the cause we don't know.
"Police are investigating to rule out any possibility of a criminal cause."
Mr Bryson said the staff member was led to safety by four police officers before the fire services arrived, and all five were treated for smoke inhalation in hospital.
Some fire damaged was also caused to the roof of an adjoining flat.