Five-star hotel damaged by fire

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Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Emergency crews are still at the scene of a serious fire at a five-star hotel that has played host to prime ministers and presidents.

Staff and guests at the renowned Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford city centre had to be evacuated yesterday after a fire ripped through the 19th century residence.

Thames Valley Police said there were no injuries following the blaze. At its height, 14 fire engines were called to tackle the blaze on Beaumont Street following initial reports of the fire shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

A police spokesman said the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen. The circumstances are not thought to be suspicious.

Motorists have been asked to stay clear of the area as cordons remain in place.

The hotel’s website said it has played host to prime ministers and presidents while its renowned Morse Bar is recognisable as the watering hole of TV’s Inspector Morse.

South Central Ambulance Service and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were all called to the incident.

Superintendent Christian Bunt said: “Following a fire at the Randolph Hotel, a major incident has been declared. We are supporting our colleagues in Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who are at the scene.

“We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum and would like to thank members of the public for their patience and their cooperation.

“Road closures in the area will remain in place. Officers are working to try to enable the city to return to normality as quickly as possible.”

Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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