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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."


'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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