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Two dead after fire at Loch Lomond hotel

Two people have died after a fire at Cameron House Hotel in Scotland

Pictured: Cameron House Hotel

Two people have died after a fire at Cameron House Hotel in Scotland.

More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel by Loch Lomond after the alarm was raised at around 6.40am on Monday 18 December.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene while another died after being taken to hospital in Paisley, according to police. Three others, including a child, were taken to hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

A number of guests were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Police added that the hotel had been extensively damaged.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Around 06:50, police were called to a report of a fire at the hotel.

"More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building, which has been extensively damaged.

"Officers remain at the scene and are working with other emergency services to establish the exact circumstances of the incident."

The five-star, 136-room hotel offers a championship standard golf course, 115 luxury lodges and seven meeting rooms. It is owned by US investment firm KSL Capital Partners, which reportedly paid between £70m and £80m for the property in 2015. It also houses the Michelin-starred Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant.

Writing on Twitter, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "This is absolutely dreadful news. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who have died, and to all those affected. My thanks also to our brave firefighters and emergency services."

A statement on the hotel's website said: "Due to an ongoing incident please be aware that Cameron House will remain closed to arriving guests for at least the next 48 hours. We would ask all guests and customers to remain patient as we work with the emergency services to establish the extent of the damage and ascertain when we will be able to re-open. More information will follow in due course.”

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