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First branded hotel could open in Galashiels

The company is planning to expand into Galashiels. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/PA Images

Travelodge has announced it's planning to build a new hotel in Galashiels, which would be the town's first branded hotel.

The company is looking at 21 sites across Scotland.

If it was to build hotels in all of these locations, this would represent a £100 million investment, and could create 400 new jobs across the country.

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."


Witness describes how fire caught in minutes

A Shepard that witnessed the fire at the Gordon Arms Hotel says it went up in minutes.

John Allan was working in his fields when he noticed smoke billowing from the roof.

He ran in and told the staff and guests to evacuate the building.

Firefighters tackle blaze through the night

Firefighters have been working through the night to tackle a blaze at a hotel in the Scottish Borders.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are now underway.

Station Manager Matt Acton explains what the crews have been dealing with:

'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.


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

Owners hope to restore and re-open pub

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel have caved in. Credit: ITV Border

The owners of an historic Cumbrian pub damaged in a fire say they will restore the seventeenth century building to its former glory and re-open.

50 people escaped the blaze at The Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck near Windermere last week. Large parts of the roof had completely caved in but most of the downstairs and bar area was saved.

The cause is still unknown.

Owners seek hotel blaze helper

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel had caved in Credit: ITV Border

The owners of a Lakeland hotel gutted by fire are searching for the anonymous person who helped ensure it wasn't burned to the ground.

A farm worker used his quad bike to get firefighters hoses to a nearby beck.

The man has so far not been traced but the owners of the Queen's Head hotel at Troutbeck are keen to find him to pass on their thanks.

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