BRIDGWATER NEWS: Business as usual for Old Vicarage Hotel

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Business as usual for Old Vicarage Hotel

THE Old Vicarage Hotel in Bridgwater is open as usual – despite having to evacuate the building on Tuesday (December 5, 2017) because of a fire.

A spokesman for the hotel in St Mary Street told the Bridgwater Press on Wednesday (December 6, 2017) morning that “we are open as usual.”

It was at 8pm on Tuesday when the alarm was raised by hotel management about smoke coming from one of its rooms on the first floor.

Three fire engines from Bridgwater were initially mobilised as the hotel staff began to evacuate the building of guests.

Two further fire crews from Taunton and Burnham-on-Sea, along with a command support unit from Street, were also sent out when there were concerns that not everyone was accounted for.

Thankfully any fears of people being missing were discounted and firefighters got to work on dealing with the fire which was well alight in two rooms.

“As the fire developed it affected three rooms in total and there was a concern for fire spread into the roof,” said a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman.

Crews accessed and checked the roof and found no fire spread and worked well to bring the situation under control.

“The fire was out by 9.25pm,” added the spokesman. “The cause of the fire, which started in one of the first floor bedrooms of the two-storey hotel, was confirmed to be accidental.

“There were no casualties and no persons were accounted for.”

The room where the fire started suffered extensive damage, while two further rooms were affected by smoke.

The hotel is one of the few Grade 2 listed buildings in Bridgwater - dating back to 1327. The hotel has 15 en-suite bedrooms, a meeting room and a bar.

Photo courtesy of The Old Vicarage Hotel website which can be found here - .