Luxury hotel operator fined after fire deaths

A luxury hotel operator has been fined £500,000 and a night porter given a community payback order over a fire which claimed the lives of two guests.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 12:02 pm

Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, from London, died in the blaze at the five-star Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond on December 18, 2017. Mr Dyson was originally from Wetherby.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court previously heard the fire started after night porter Christopher O’Malley emptied ash and embers from a fuel fire into a polythene bag and placed it in a cupboard which contained combustibles, including kindling and newspapers.

Cameron House Resort (Loch Lomond) Ltd, owner of the hotel, admitted failing to take fire safety measures.

It was fined £500,000, reduced from £750,000 because of the early guilty plea.

O’Malley, 35, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and must do 300 hours of unpaid work.

More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building during the fire.