Penhallow fire victims’ relative backs fire sprinkler campaign

5 years on from the tragic fire which struck Penhallow Hotel in Newquay, taking the lives of three people, attendees of a national seminar heard from a relative of the victims how fire legislation has to change to prevent a repeat occurrence.

John Hughes, who lost his mother and brother in the blaze, said ”You need hoteliers to be able to go to a body to ask: ‘Where is an accredited person to do a fire risk assessment? Hoteliers can currently do fire risks themselves, and I think that’s where it falls down.”

The seminar was hosted by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the South Western Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers at the Eden Project, itself the beneficiary of a Fire Sprinkler save.

Previously, Mr Hughes had told BBC News, sprinklers would have “almost certainly” saved their lives. Talking of recent legislation changes in Wales, he added: “I see no reason why it can’t be rolled out across the UK.  They save people’s lives and buildings”.

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