1. ITV Report

One still missing after large fire at Aberystwyth hotel

Several fire engines attended the incident in the early hours of this morning. Credit: Chris Davies

One person, believed to be a hotel guest, is still missing after a large fire at the Ty Belgrave House hotel in Aberystwyth.

Nine adults and three children were rescued as the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning. Five were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Ty Belgrave House has been 'completely gutted' as the blaze swept through the building causing the floors and roof to collapse.

Owner of the hotel, Emyr Tudfor Davies, said it was 'devastating' and 'extremely frightening'.

My first concern was for my guests and those from the fire services and others who were caught up in this terrible event. I cannot express enough my thanks for the selfless efforts of all of the emergency services who have risked their own personal safety to help others.

– Emyr Tudfor Davies, hotel owner

Neighbouring properties were evacuated and the two adjacent properties were also damaged.

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Eyewitness, Daisy Skye Wright who lives in the area spotted the fire in the early hours of the morning.

My partner and I saw the police lights going past our flat. When we went outside at around 2.30am there was smoke coming from the middle floor of the Belgrave Hotel.

There was some hotel guests, including children, stuck on a balcony at the front. The fire brigade got them down. At this point only smoke was seen. Then by 3.30am flames were seen by us coming from the roof. Within minutes these erupted into large flames and the whole roof was engulfed with fire.

It was quite scary and surreal to watch as it intensified quite fast.

– Daisy Skye Wright

Daisy said that several fire engines, police and ambulances were at the scene very quickly.

She said she saw the roof of the hotel collapse around 4am.

Eyewitness Daisy Skye Wright says she saw people evacuated from a balcony. Credit: Daisy Skye Wright

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Roger Thomas, assistant chief fire officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said the building is praised the emergency services quick response.

British Red Cross volunteers have been providing practical and emotional support to people affected.

They were working with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed-Powys Police to help those who have been displaced after being evacuated.

So far our volunteers have supported 33 people affected by the fire at Ty Belgrave House and that support is ongoing.

We will remain active in the area for as long as required.

Our volunteers are very experienced in providing practical and emotional support to those affected by emergencies of this kind and we have volunteers on standby should those affected require support beyond Wednesday.

– Rob Donovan, British Red Cross

The cause of the fire is still unknown.