Cameron House Hotel has announced that it will remain closed until further notice following a devastating fire which claimed two lives.

Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, were killed after an inferno swept through the upper levels of the five-star luxury hotel at Balloch, on the banks of Loch Lomond, on Monday.

The couple had earlier posted pictures of their stay at the picturesque resort on social media before flames engulfed the building.

Emergency services were called to the hotel at 6:50am on Monday after fire broke out at the hotel killing Mr Midgley, a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist and Mr Dyson, a freelance TV reporter.

More than 200 guests were evacuated as over 70 firefighters fought for 24 hours to bring the blaze under control.

Cameron House is frequently cited as one of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in Scotland; on the banks of the famous Loch Lomond, guests can enjoy arriving to the destination by seaplane.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated although several reports have emerged which appeared to indicate the building had not been fitted with a sprinkler system.

New care homes, sheltered housing and high rise residential blocks in Scotland must by law be fitted with sprinklers but there is no legislation governing the retro-fitting of older properties and the hotel issued a statement following the blaze saying it was fully compliant with existing fire regulations.

 

A spokesman for Cameron House said: “Following the extensive fire within the main building of the hotel on Monday, December 18th, Cameron House Hotel, the Leisure Club and the food & beverage areas within the main hotel are now closed.

“We would kindly ask all our guests and customers to bear with us as we work closely with the fire service and Police Scotland to establish the extent of the damage and to ascertain when we will be able to reopen. We will update this page as soon as we have further information and thank you all for your patience and the many kind messages of support we have received in recent days.”

In the MICE market, Cameron House is a very active player and exhibited this year at EventIt; the hotel is also a regular fixture at international trade shows, including ibtm world in Barcelona in November.

The hotel also launched a new open-air outdoor events spaces in the summer; the Great Scots Bar Terrace showcases the panoramic views from the hotel, across Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and will be used as an alfresco bar area and outdoor events space.