Skip to main content Logo search icon

Local fire crews battle arson attack on hotel

SA Updated
Local fire crews battle arson attack on hotel

Three South Hams fire crews attended a large arson fire at a Torquay hotel. 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to Trecarn Hotel, Torquay, at 11.30pm on Sunday night, 25 September. 

The blaze ended up involving 12 fire engines, including engines from Totnes, Ivybridge and Buckfastleigh, an Environmental Protection Unit, one aerial ladder platform and an incident command unit.

Devon and Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service were also on the scene but no injuries were reported. 

This afternoon, police released a statement that fire investigators "believed that this fire was started deliberately", there is now an investigation into the cause and they are appealing for witnesses. 


Detective Inspector Dave Pebworth said: “Over 120 guests had to be evacuated during the incident but thankfully no-one was seriously injured.

“A major response from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue ensured that this fire didn’t have fatal consequences, but a serious amount of damage and disruption was caused and those responsible must be identified.

“Following advice from fire investigators, it is believed that this fire was started deliberately, and police are appealing for witnesses.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious between the times of 10:30pm on Sunday 25 September, and half past midnight on Monday 26 September.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting crime reference CR/089139/22.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

126 guests were evacuated and relocated to other hotels. 

The hotel consists of three floors 80m by 20m, and the fire involved the first floor and roof area. Three rooms were destroyed by fire, and the hallway and lobby area was damaged by smoke. 


User comments

There are no user comments for this listing.

You might also be interested in

Boil notice still in place for parts of the South Hams following cryptosporidium outbreak
Category: General News
Residents in Kingswear and the surrounding areas are still part of the Boil Water Notice following the South West Water cryptosporidium outbreak. ...
If you need an expert in soakaway testing, slope stability and ground investigations, you need STG Engineering 
Category: Members' News
STG Engineering Ltd, owned by engineering geologist Simon Tyrrell, are experts in soakaway testing, slope stability and ground investigations. 
Totnes students complete Ten Tors Challenge
Category: General News
Students from King Edward VI Community College in Totnes, part of Education South West, completed the Ten Tors challenge this weekend. ...
Police are asking children to choose the official name of the new police tractor
Category: General News
The Rural Affairs team at Devon and Cornwall Police are asking children to choose the official name of the newest addition to the rural...
South West Water issues 'boil water notice' after Cryptosporidium has been found in the South Hams
Category: General News
Cryptosporidium has been found in water Kingswear and Galmpton, as well as the wider Brixham area. 
Yealmpton's Devon Air Ambulance Community Landing Site is now operational
Category: General News
Devon Air Ambulance's Community Landing Sites Team are starting Spring 2024 with a flourish and growing their network of night landing sites with a...