A fire, suspected to be incendiary, at a luxury resort hotel in Bermuda on December 1, 1977 led to three fatalities. This fire occurred at the same time there were civil disturbances in Bermuda that resulted in simultaneous fires. This meant that fewer firefighters were available to fight the hotel fire; however, the hotel’s own private fire brigade assisted the public brigade in containing the fire and preventing further loss of life.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m., a hotel employee saw smoke on the second floor and immediately notified the telephone operator, who received simultaneous notification over the alarm panel that there was a fire on the sixth floor. The first employee went to the sixth floor, discovered a working fire, and ordered the hotel evacuated. Members of the hotel’s fire brigade started evacuating guests and laying out hoselines on the fifth floor. Once conditions became untenable due to heat and smoke, many guests were trapped on their balconies. Members of both fire brigades stayed on the balconies with guests to keep them calm until the fire was out, at which time they escorted the guests out of the building.
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