A seminar is being held in Cornwall today to try to prevent a repeat of a hotel fire in the county five years ago which killed three people. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the South Western Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers are hosting the one day national seminar on thePenhallow Hotel Fire.
The fire at the Penhallow Hotel in Newquay in August 2007 was the worst hotel fire in Britain for 40 years. The company which owned the hotel,O&C Holdsworth Ltd was last year ordered to pay fines and costs totalling nearly £150,000 after it admitted failing to have safety procedures and equipment in place. The fire service in Cornwall said it reflected the "seriousness of this case".
Holidaymakers Joan Harper, 80, Monica Hughes, 86, and her son Peter, 43, died in the blaze.Mr Hughes, a teacher from Staffordshire, jumped from a third-floor window after trying in vain to save his mother. His brother John, who has campaigned for stricter safety rules for hotels, was at today’s seminar. Ninety people escaped the fire in the four-storey hotel which was burned to the ground.