Speaking after around 200 people had to be evacuated from a multi-storey hotel in Birmingham city centre due to a fire in a neighbouring kebab shop this morning, general manager at Hampton by Hilton Matt Hutchings said:
On being alerted to the fire at Food Republic, which is located directly next door, at 6am this morning, we immediately put our fire drill into practice. This involved the evacuation of all guests and staff to the nearby Novotel as a precautionary measure.
I can confirm that all guests and staff are safe and accounted for. Indeed, the fire was quickly brought under control and, following advice from the fire services, guests and staff have since returned to the hotel, which is once again fully operational.”
This video shows the major response to a fire at a kebab shop underneath a multi-storey city centre hotel in Birmingham this morning.
Around 200 people had to be evacuated from the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street after a fire broke out in the Food Republic kebab shop at around 06:30am.
Eight fire engines were called to deal with the situation, and the fire service confirmed it had extinguished the fire shortly after 8:00am.
Around 200 people had to be evacuated from a hotel in Birmingham city centre this morning after a fire broke out in a kebab shop.
The guests at the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street were alerted at around 06:30am and all were removed from the hotel.
Speaking to ITV News Central, the hotel's manager, who did not want to be named, said all guests had got out of the building safely and that they have been moved to other hotels.
Shortly after 8:00am, West Midlands Fire & Rescue service tweeted to say the fire at the Food Republic fast food outlet had been put out.
West Midlands Fire Service has tweeted the fire at a kebab shop which caused an entire hotel to be evacuated this morning is now out.
Guests were moved from the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street at around half past six this morning.
A multi-storey city centre hotel was evacuated this morning after a fire in a neighbouring kebab shop.
Guests at the Hilton Hampton Hotel on Broad Street have now been re-housed in other hotels in the city.
The fire broke out a kebab shop underneath the hotel. It's not yet known how the fire started.
Eight fire engines are tackling a blaze at a hotel in Birmingham city centre. The fire broke out at the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street this morning. The outbound lanes are currently closed. More to follow.
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