Emergency Services Close Troubled Devon Hotel

A troubled Devon hotel, has been closed temporarily following numerous incidents involving the emergency services over the last month.

Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service issued a notice earlier this month to prevent guests staying at the 18-bedroom The Bay hotel in Teignmouth, owned by former barrister Shirley Bothroyd, after a shower was left running and three ceilings collapsed.

This episode is the latest in a series of events which has resulted in the intervention of Teignbridge District Council, in addition to the emergency services. On July 11 police officers, fire crews and paramedics were called to the Bay Hotel for various events including a fire, concerns for the welfare of a resident and a false alarm.

A fire in a bedroom on the top floor of Bay Hotel on July 11, which, according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service caused severe damage began just before 1pm. An arson detection dog from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was requested to assist with the fire investigation.

Two people, a 58-year-old woman from Teignmouth and a 44-year-old man from Teignmouth were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police.

Crews were called back again on July 13 at 12.10pm , however this time it was a false alarm, and emergency services were called to the hotel again July 16 at around 1pm following concerns for the welfare of a resident. A Teignbridge Council spokesman said: “We are supporting and working closely with various agencies, including the fire and police service. Several options are being looked into, including a closure order, to deliver an appropriate resolution to the ongoing problems at Teignmouth’s Bay Hotel.”

The hotel is owned by former barrister Shirley Bothroyd who bought the prominent seafront building in 2013 for £1.5million and made national news after a series of online reviewers dubbed her a ‘female Basil Fawlty’.