Grand re-opens after blaze alert - but spa stays closed

Torbay Weekly

It is business almost as usual at Torquay's Grand Hotel after a fire alert.

The hotel re-opened just a couple of days after the incident but its indoor pool, spa and leisure suite - where the fire began - was badly damaged and will be out of action for months.

Hotel owner Keith Richardson said: "The spa will take a few months. It is where most of the damage was done. It will cost a substantial amount of money to put right."

Mr Richardson has already met with loss adjustors and is considering providing some leisure facilities in temporary buildings or even putting a roof over the hotel's outdoor pool.

Firefighters battled through intense heat to secure the hotel from further damage and prevent the fire from spreading.

Incident Commander Alan Gilson said: "The whole of the spa is damaged by fire and the sauna is completely destroyed." One member of staff was treated for smoke inhalation by an ambulance crew.

The fire started around 9:30am, with seven fire engines from Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Newton Abbot, Totnes and the Danes Castle all drafted in to deal with the blaze.

The restaurant has recently undergone a major refit with numerous stunning chandeliers throughout and a new contemporary modern colour change and has been re-carpeted throughout, designed by Mr Richardson's partner Elizabeth Elliot, a professional interior designer.

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