24/10/2005

Former hotel building destroyed in blaze

A former hotel building has been destroyed in a suspicious fire overnight.

The blaze took hold at the unoccupied Glenavna Hotel in Whiteabbey at about 12.30am on Monday reducing the building to a 'shell'.

The Fire and Rescue Service said it believed the fire was started deliberately and that police would be investigating.

No one was inside the building at the time of the blaze.

Elsewhere, a woman has been rescued from her flat in Belfast after a blaze broke out over the weekend. The fire occurred at the property in Arundel Walk at about 9pm on Saturday.

The woman was alerted to the blaze by her smoke alarm however she was unable to leave the flat as the flames and smoke had cut off her escape route.

She was eventually rescued by the Fire Service after draping a curtain outside her window to help fire fighters identify her location.

She was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

(MB/SP)

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