Newquay Hotel Owners Face Prosecution After Deaths in Fire

The owners of the Penhallow Hotel that burnt down in August 2008, with the loss of three lives, are to be prosecuted for breaching fire regulations.

Cornwall Council said the owners and three other people face prosecution for alleged breaches of the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005.

Three holidaymakers, Joan Harper (80), Peter Hughes (43) and his mother, Monica Hughes (86) all died in the fire that ripped through the hotel over three years ago.

The fire, in August 2007, was described as Britain’s worst hotel fire for nearly 40 years.

In 2009 an inquest jury returned an open verdict and ruled that no-one was to blame, despite evidence that the blaze was started deliberately.

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service carried out a comprehensive investigation into the fire precautions at the Penhallow Hotel and have confirmed they are taking out a prosecution against the owners of the hotel and three other individuals, employees of the company, for breaches of fire precautions under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005.

They will appear before magistrates next month.


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