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Scots hotel guests evacuated after ‘strong smell of chlorine from swimming pool’

Dozens of guests were evacuated from a Scots hotel after a “stronger than normal smell of chlorine from the swimming pool”.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at McDonald Inchyra Hotel in Polmont, Falkirk, around 7.30pm on Sunday following reports of a chemical gas leak.

Some of the guests were part of a wedding, while others were at the hotel for a sweet sixteen birthday party.

They were evacuated to the car park as a police chief arrived and explained the situation to them before they could re-enter.

Paramedics also asked anyone who had used the leisure facilities to come forward for treatment in a designated area.

Police began putting cordons and tape up on arrival

The guests were then accommodated in another wing of the hotel while Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews examined the scene.

A spokesperson for Macdonald Hotels said: “Following reports of a stronger than normal smell of chlorine from the swimming pool at the Inchyra Hotel in Grangemouth, guests were initially evacuated to the car park, then accommodated in another wing of the hotel as a precaution whilst the fire brigade carried out investigations into the cause.

“We are pleased to report that, following checks, guests were allowed back into the hotel and normal service was resumed.”

A DJ at the 16th birthday party in one of the smaller suites, Kyle Maclachan, told the Record about what had happened.

He said: “The guests arrived at 7pm and then around 7.15pm I made my usual safety announcement on Covid rules and I pointed out all the fire exits in the case of a fire alarm.

“I put the first song of the night on to start the party and within one minute the fire alarm started going off.

“The staff were very fast to respond and get everyone out of the room.

“The guests were all taken out to the car park – there was also a wedding on – and we were all moved to the back of the carpark for safety reasons.

“Within 15-20 minutes two fire engines arrived and then police came and started putting cordons and tape up.”

Guests were allowed back into the hotel following checks
Guests were allowed back into the hotel following checks

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said at the time: “We were called at 7.30pm on Sunday September 26 to assist as part of a multi-agency response to incident at a hotel on Grange Road, Polmont.

“Operations control mobilised two appliances and a specialist response to the scene where crews remain in attendance.”

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