Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

160 forced to flee from Ballymena hotel blaze

By John Mulgrew

Published 08/11/2012

More than 150 people have been evacuated from a Co Antrim hotel after a fire.

The blaze started in a rear storeroom of the Hotel One building just off the Galgorm Road in Ballymena at around 6.30pm.

Around 160 guests and non-residents were evacuated by staff members as the blaze took hold.

Fire Service station commander Martin McDonald said severe damage was caused at the scene, with smoke damage throughout.

“On arrival we discovered a fairly well developed fire in a rear storeroom,” he said. “Most of the hotel was smoke-logged as well and when we first arrived the staff had evacuated over 160 people.

“At the height there were six appliances on scene with 30 firefighters in attendance in total.”

After battling the blaze for more than two and half hours it was finally extinguished, with a small number of firefighters remaining on scene late last night.

There were no reports of any injuries and it’s understood alternative accommodation was found for those guests affected.

“There were no injuries so it was a very successful operation from our point of view,” Mr McDonald added.

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