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Fire damaged Borders Hotel to open this summer

The fire ripped through the roof of the building Credit: ITV Border

The owners of a landmark Borders hotel that was badly damaged by a fire are hoping it will be back in operation by mid-July.

Flames ripped through the roof of the Gordon Arms Hotel, near St.Mary's Lochon, on Tuesday 12 May.

Firefighters working on the roof of the building Credit: ITV Border

But the bar and kitchen in the 200-year-old property were unaffected.

Owner Susan Cree believes they can get that side of the business up and running again during the summer once they have a water supply and electricity.

She said the cause of the fire had not been established as there was nothing left of the roof - two theories being considered are a spark from the chimney or a mouse chewing through a wire.

She added:"What is keeping us going is that no one was hurt - it could have been much worse of the fire was at night."

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'It's not sunk in yet'

The owner of a Scottish Borders hotel that has suffered substantial damage following a fire says the situation "hasn't sunk in yet".

Susan Cree co-owns the Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley.

She says they will try and get the hotel and bar back up and running as soon as possible.

She told our reporter Jenny Longden what happened when the fire began.

'The whole of the upper floor has been destroyed'

Credit: ITV Border

The Gordon Arms has outlined some of the damage caused by yesterday's fire in a Facebook message.

In a status posted last night, it also thanked the pubic for messages of support following the blaze that broke out yesterday.

The full extent of the damage will not be clear until later today.

Thank you so much for all your messages. Luckily no one was injured. The roof has gone and the whole of the upper floor has been destroyed. There is a lot of water damage downstairs but the bar doesn't look too bad. We won't know the full extent until we are allowed in tomorrow after the fire investigation team have been in. The fire brigade will be there all night to make sure the fire is fully out"

– The Gordon Arms Facebook page

An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun this morning.

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Fire rips through Yarrow Valley hotel

The fire was already well developed when fire crews arrived Credit: ITV Border

A fire has caused extensive damage to a Scottish Borders Hotel.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at the Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley at 2pm on Tuesday 12th May.

A number of people including one of the hotel owners and guests were inside the building, but no-one was hurt.

Group Manager Andrew Girrity said the blaze was well underway when they arrived.

There is quite a lot of damage. All the firefighting right now is external, it's not yet safe for the firefighters to go inside. There is substantial damage to about 75% of the building.

– Group Manager Andrew Girrity
75% of the roof is damaged Credit: ITV Border
Fire crews from across the South of Scotland attended the scene. Credit: ITV Border

Major fire in Carlisle

Fire fighters have been attending a huge blaze at an industrial bakery on the outskirts of Carlisle this afternoon.

At least six fire crews were called to tackle the blaze at Lakeland Bake in Kingstown at about 3:30pm.

Huge plumes of smoke were seen across North of city.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

No one was hurt.

Fire fighters at scene of large blaze in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Police name man who died in Whitehaven fire

Police have confirmed that the man who died in a house fire in Whitehaven is 40-year-old Grant Flyyn.

Police were called to the property in King Street on Thursday evening.

Mr Flynn was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.

Police would like to speak to a man who helped them force entry into the flat. He later left the scene without identifying himself. He is described as being a white male, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with blonde spikey hair. He may have been wearing a grey jacket.

Police are investigating the sudden and unexplained death on behalf of the Coroner and are working together with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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