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Five to be prosecuted for Penhallow hotel fire deaths

29 September 2010 by
Five to be prosecuted for Penhallow hotel fire deaths

The owners of the Penhallow hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, where three people died in a fire three years ago, are to be prosecuted.

Together with three other individuals, they will appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 21 October for breaches of fire precautions under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005.

The three people who died in what was one of the worst hotel fires in many years were Peter Hughes, 43, his mother, Monica, 86, and Joan Harper, 80, all from Staffordshire.

Around 90 people escaped from the blaze at the 54-bedroom hotel in August 2007. The fire, fought by more than 100 firefighters, is believed to have started in the bar's drink store and resulted in the demolition of the building.

The prosecution is being taken out by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.

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By Janet Harmer

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