'Three people and dog' die following major early-morning blaze at Scots hotel as guests evacuated and roads closed | The Sun

THREE people and a dog have died following a major blaze at a Scots hotel this morning, it's understood.

Emergency services raced to the New County Hotel in Perth just after 5am.

It's understood three people and a dog have died following the blaze, reports STV News.

Images from the scene show a number of fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles in the area.

Guests have been evacuated from the hotel.

County Place, Hospital Street, Leonard Street and New Row have been cordoned off with residents being advised to avoid the area.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Shortly before 5.10am on Monday, 2 January, 2023, police were called to a report of a fire at the New County Hotel, County Place, Perth.

"Emergency services are at the scene.

"A number of guests have been evacuated from the hotel.

"Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area.”

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A statement from Perth and Kinross Council said: "Be aware that traffic in the surrounding area is also likely to be impacted as well as public transport routes. Please avoid the area if you can."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service of a fire at the New County Hotel in Fife at 05:05hrs.

"We responded with 21 resources including our Special Operation Resource Team, with our first resource on scene at 05:12hrs."

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