White Swan Hotel evacuated

White Swan Hotel, Halifax
White Swan Hotel, Halifax
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More than 50 hotel guests fled their rooms this morning after a fire broke out at the White Swan Hotel, Halifax.

They were ushered downstairs whilst firefighters tackled the blaze in a disused storage cupboard on the third floor.

Colin Lister at the White Swan Hotel by the fire damaged room

Colin Lister at the White Swan Hotel by the fire damaged room

A fire investigation officer has been called out to determine the cause but it is not being treated as suspicious.

The blaze was contained in the room and there were no injuries.

Hotel manager Colin Lister (pictured by the fire damaged room) said the fire alarm went off at 7 am and his receptionist Jason Kinner noticed smoke on the fourth floor.

He called the emergency services and staff ensured rooms were evacuated.

Mr Lister said the room wasn’t in use and it is an old housekeeping store.

“Fifty three people were evacuated and we got everybody down to the lounge and the fire service was ok with that.

“It was mainly smoke damage and contained in the room - the fire doors did the job and we were quite lucky really.

“The door was locked and the guests were quite good.

“There were just a couple where we had to bang on the doors to get them to come downstairs.”

He said it was the first time in his 14 years at the 40-bedroomed hotel there had been a fire.

Incident commander Mick Davis said two pumps from Halifax initially attended and requested an additional two pumps and an aerial appliance from Huddersfield.

“Due to the very prompt action of the hotel management and the very quick fire fighting action the incident was quickly contained,” he said.

“It could have been so much worse.”

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to deal with the incident.