Hotel Meridien, Adelaide: Seven people injured and one critically injured in hotel fire

Hotel Meridien, Adelaide: Seven people injured and one critically injured in hotel fire

At least seven people have been taken to hospital with one person left in a critical condition as firefighters fought the ‘intense’ flames.

South Australian Police said firefighters rescued over 15 people from the hotel using ladders and aerial appliances and evacuated 95 rooms.

Fire Cause Investigators have determined the fire was accidental.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions were heard as the blaze took hold at the Comfort Hotel Meridien (pictured) on Melbourne Street on Sunday morning

Witnesses reported hearing explosions were heard as the blaze took hold at the Comfort Hotel Meridien (pictured) on Melbourne Street on Sunday morning

Billy-Kelly Ingrim was just three doors down from where the fire erupted and said he heard a ‘pop’ and a woman screaming.

‘The smell (of smoke) was really potent,’ he told The Advertiser.

‘We just shouted ‘it’s a fire’ and everybody started screaming and we all got out and made it by coming down the stairs.’

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Another hotel guest said he heard ‘five consecutive explosions like a bang’ at about 7am and then saw a man being brought down on a crane.

It’s understood guests were allowed back into their rooms at about 10am.

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