Mount Murray fire investigation delayed

The fire at the Mount Murray complex, Santon

The fire at the Mount Murray complex, Santon

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A report of the investigation into last year’s blaze at the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club is not now expected to be submitted until the end of October.

Bernard Warden, head of the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate, said there had been a number of issues that had caused delays - but declined to outline what those issues were.

Meanwhile, work is yet to start on rebuilding the bedroom block which was devastated in the massive blaze in November last year.

Hotel manager Chris Brayden said there had been a delay in starting the rebuild. ‘We’re in arbitration with the insurers,’ he said.

Fifty people were evacuated when the fire broke out.

Flames ripped along the roof of the bedroom block and firefighters were praised for their efforts in preventing the blaze from spreading to the reception block next door.

There was only one casualty who was treated for minor injuries at Noble’s Hospital accident and emergency department.

The function rooms, restaurant, bistro, pool and gym opened within a fortnight but 30 jobs were lost with the blaze having destroyed 90 hotel rooms.

Mr Warden said: ‘We are close and currently in the throes of compiling our report. A number of issues have caused delays. My hope is we will have a report submitted to the authorities by the end of October.’

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