Blackpool hotel’s ‘lucky escape’ as photos show how fire tore through building hours before Christmas guests arrive

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Six fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze at the Park House Hotel

Fire ripped through the laundry room in an outhouse at the back of The Park House Hotel

Fire ripped through the laundry room in an outhouse at the back of The Park House Hotel (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

The manager of a Blackpool hotel said it had a “lucky escape” when a fire broke out in an outbuilding.

The main building of the Park House Hotel avoided significant damage despite the laundry building being largely destroyed by a blaze on Wednesday evening (December 22).

Six fire engines were sent to the hotel on Promenade at around 6pm with road closures put in place as crews dealt with the incident.

Speaking to LancsLive, general manager Jake Taylor said that no guests were inside the hotel at the time and that its operations would continue as normal.

Large numbers of guests are arriving today (December 23) for Christmas breaks and its live entertainment acts are all due to continue as planned.

Fire damage inside an outbuilding at the Park House Hotel in Blackpool

Fire damage inside an outbuilding at the Park House Hotel in Blackpool (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

Mr Taylor said: “It’s fine, it was a laundry room at the back. The hotel itself is fine.

“We didn’t have any guests in last night. They’re due to arrive today for Christmas.”

Mr Taylor said the cause of the fire was not yet known but firefighters had suggested that an electrical fault looked the most likely reason.

He added: “We’ve had a lucky escape really.”

The aftermath of a fire in a laundry room behind the The Park House Hotel

The aftermath of a fire in a laundry room behind the The Park House Hotel (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Six fire engines from Blackpool, South Shore, Bispham and St Anne’s attended a fire in an unused hotel on the promenade in Blackpool.

“The fire involved a laundry on the ground floor at the rear of the building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used four hose reels, two jets and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.”