In Pictures: Devastating fire at Britannia Hotel

By Joanne Warnock

Fire crews battled to contain a huge blaze at the newly refurbished Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn on Thursday evening.

Police closed off access via Old Meldrum Road while firefighters battle to control the blaze.

Six fire crews attended along with height equipment and the Major Incident Unit.

Hotel residents were evacuated at 4:40pm after fire broke out in the restaurant area, William Irvine from Glasgow who had been in The Village bar at 4:30pm said: “The girl behind the bar thought she heard running water, so I went outside to have a look. Then I heard the crackling of fire, and said that’s not water, that’s fire.”

Within minutes the hotel was evacuated and the hotel fire drill carried out. Mr Irvine and the other residents were told to muster in the car park nearest to Old Meldrum Road, however the smoke forced them to relocate up to the other car park on Auchmill Road.

He said: “The staff were worried about the night-shift workers from the by-pass, they were all in bed fast asleep. Luckily they managed to get them all up, I think some of them thought it was their mates having a laugh.”

One other resident was told by a manager that the fire had started after workmen re-felting the roof left a blow torch on – this has still to be confirmed.

Video : Fire devastates The Britannia Hotel