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Majestic hotel blaze: missing man named

07 May 2010 by
Majestic hotel blaze: missing man named

The body recovered from the fire at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, on Wednesday, has still not been identified and a post mortem examination has not been able to establish the cause of death.

North Yorkshire Police said that it is likely to take a number of weeks to establish the cause of death and to identify the person who died. They have also named the missing member of staff from the hotel as kitchen porter Nigel Butterfield, 41.

"Efforts to trace Nigel Butterfield are still ongoing," said a police spokesman.

Barceló Hotels UK, operators of the four-star, 170-bedroom hotel have announced that the property will be fully closed until 16 May. "This decision will be reviewed on an on-going basis," said a hotel spokesman.

Around 25 staff and 130 guests were led to safety by the emergency services after the fire broke out on the top floor of the Victorian building before 5am on Wednesday.

The blaze is believed to have started in a bedroom and the police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services are continuing to investigate its cause.

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By Janet Harmer

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