Fire causes damage at historic Berwick hotel

A Berwick hotel was safely evacuated after a small fire broke out in a cellar on Monday.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:38 pm
Fire at King's Arms Hotel in Berwick

Lunchtime diners, guests and staff were ushered out of the Kings Arms Hotel on Hide Hill just after 1pm.

An investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the blaze.

Management at the Kings Arms, posting later on facebook, said: “An extremely eventful afternoon here at the hotel after a small fire broke out on our premises.

“We’re so proud of our whole team here at the hotel who were able to evacuate the building as quickly as they did to ensure that nobody was hurt and everyone was safe.

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“Thank you to Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service who were fantastic and arrived on the scene before the fire could spread and cause any further damage.

“Thank you also to the hotels and B&Bs in town who have been so helpful in accommodating for our guests this evening.

“And finally thank you to all of our guests for being so lovely and understanding. We will be back in business very soon!”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue received the call at 1.04pm, and two appliances from Berwick and one from Belford attended.

The cellar of the building was heavily smoke-logged and fire crews were involved in damping down and ventilating the property.

The Kings Arms was built in 1782 and rebuilt in 1845. The author, Charles Dickens, stayed there in 1861. The hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment in recent years.