Three people and dog die in fire at hotel in Scotland

Emergency services were called out to the fire, where three people are reported to have died, shortly after 5am on Monday. (Elaine Blair/Twitter/PA)
Emergency services were called out to the fire, where three people are reported to have died, shortly after 5am on Monday. (Elaine Blair/Twitter/PA)

An investigation has been launched after three people died in a hotel fire in Perth in Scotland.

Emergency services were called to the New County Hotel shortly after 5am on Monday.

Three people were confirmed dead at the scene while a number of others were treated for minor injuries by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Hotel guests and two people from a neighbouring block of flats were evacuated.

Police Scotland Chief Superintendent Phil Davison said: "Our thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of those who have died at what is a very difficult time for everyone.

"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of what has happened and officers are conducting a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed a dog had died.

Police Scotland confirmed a “number of guests” had been evacuated from the building in the city centre.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney described the fatalities as “heartbreaking news”.

Mr Swinney, the MSP for Perthshire North, tweeted: “My sympathies with all affected by this tragedy.”

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Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have launched a joint investigation into the incident.

Chief Superintendent Phil Davison said: "Our thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of those who have died at what is a very difficult time for everyone.

"Our inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of what has happened and officers are conducting a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service."

Police Scotland said officers were called to the hotel in County Place shortly before 5.10am.

Giving a statement near the scene in Perth, Jason Sharp, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service area commander for Perth, Kinross, Angus and Dundee, said: "This was a very complex incident where tragically three people were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts are very much with the immediate family and friends at this difficult time.

"Our firefighters worked extremely hard in a very complex and challenging environment to prevent the further spread of fire and damage where possible.

"At its height, we had nine fire appliances in attendance with over 60 firefighters.

"We're currently still in attendance to make sure the scene is safe. I would like to thank our crews and our other emergency partners and local authority for their support.

"Our firefighters and community action teams have and will continue to engage to ensure safety in this area and we will continue to work closely with stakeholders and Police Scotland in any subsequent investigation."

Roads around the hotel were closed off as as the emergency services responded, with Perth and Kinross Council also advising people to avoid the area.

Local MP Pete Wishart said the fire was "simply awful news at the beginning of the year when so many people are out celebrating".

Mr Wishart, who represents Perth and North Perthshire, added: "My thoughts are firmly with the families and friends of the victims.

"When the news broke, we all hoped that everyone would make it out and would be accounted for. This is the last thing that anybody expected.

"I know the people of Perth will be devastated by this news and would like to extend their deepest sympathies to those affected by this tragedy.

"Can I also thank the emergency services who attended the scene in such numbers."