More than 100 customers were evacuated from the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo after a fire erupted in the kitchen, yesterday, Monday morning.Three units of Sligo fire service rushed to the town centre hotel after the blaze broke out at 10.30am.
Fire fighters wore breathing apparatus as they entered the smoke filled kitchen at the rear of the premises.
Thanks to the swift action of staff and the fire service, there was only smoke damage and the hotel reopened yesterday afternoon.
Michael O’Hehir of the Glasshouse said the hotel was almost at full capacity when the blaze broke out. “Being peak season, we were almost full with guests and users of the meeting rooms. They were not in any danger but we evacuated the building as a precaution”. Those who were evacuated gathered at the fire assembly point near the Ulster Bank.
An eye witness said: “I was driving down the street and I saw thick smoke billowing from the back of the hotel. Then I saw a large crowd of people gathered across the river at the Ulster Bank, I thought the worst, that the whole hotel was on fire”.
Mr. O’Hehir said staff at first tried blankets, but quickly realised they could not get under control and called in the fire-brigade. The hotel is fitted with the most up to date fire safety systems which automatically closed internal doors, preventing the thick smoke from spreading to the main section of the premises.
The 4 Star Hotel, which opened in 2006, has 116 bedrooms and is located on the site of the former Silver Swan.