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Road closure due to serious fire

Due to the serious fire at the Queens Head Hotel near Windermere, the A592 is currently closed between Town Head and Troutbeck junctions.

Diversions are being put in place on the A66 for anything over 3.5 tonnes (HGV’s and coaches).

Motorists travelling from the southern end can use the A591 to Kendal and then the A6 or M6 North. Lighter vehicles are able to use The Struggle but are advised to use extreme care due to the possible high volume of traffic that may be using it.

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Historic Lake District Hotel badly damaged by fire

The Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck near Windermere has been badly damaged by fire. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 21.30 on Friday (6th June) and found the building well alight with all staff and guests evacuated from the property.

At the height of the blaze up to 50 firefighters and 11 fire engines were at the scene, including an aerial ladder platform and water bowser. Two ground monitor jets, 6 further jets and a specialist combined air/foam jet were used in tackling the blaze.

By 7 am on Saturday attendance had reduced to 2 fire engines from Ambleside and Windermere which were damping down.

Man dies in Dumfries house fire

A 40-year-old man has died in a house fire at Broomrig Court in Dumfries.

Lee Dobson was found in the house and taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he was later pronounced dead.

Emergency services were called to the property just after midnight on Monday, and a small fire was found in the kitchen.

Police are treating the death as unexplained and a joint investigation between the fire and police services has begun.

" We are keen to trace the final movements of Mr Dobson in the hours leading up to the point he was found in his home.

"If you were in the area during the evening of Monday 3 March or have any information which might help us piece together his final movements please contact police on 101.”

– Detective Constable Gary Story, Police Scotland

Fire at Longtown saw mill

Fire fighters from across our region were called to an incident in north Cumbria this morning.

Four engines were called to the Audec Saw Mill on A6071 in Longtown at 5:43am.

When they arrived the crews from Longtown, Gretna and Carlisle found the fire involved tiber at the back of the building.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used three hose reel jets to put out the fire.

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Councillor Says She's Listening to Protest

Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.

The consultation hasn't finished and it's really important to look at all the alternative suggestions that have been made but these are really tough times and we didn't make the propositions lightly. I didn't walk with the march but it's important to listen to how the public feel here today.

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Lib Dem, Penrith East
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