A couple housed only a week ago in flats near the scene of a huge hotel fire have described how they feared for their daughter’s safety as they fled their home.
Jamie Dobson, 26, and Elle Smith, 21, thought drunken yobs were banging doors at the Maes Helyg apartments in Garden City at around 5am this morning.
But it was North Wales Police alerting residents at the newly completed complex to evacuate due to a raging inferno at the adjacent Gateway To Wales Hotel.
It was only when Mr Dobson looked out of the window and saw the roof of the hotel “engulfed in flames” that he realised it was time to get his 11-month-old daughter April to safety.
He told the Daily Post: “We have been living here for exactly a week. At about 5am, April was awake and I could hear banging in the flats.
“I just thought it was drunken idiots but it was police knocking on the doors.
“It was only when I looked out of the window that I saw the whole roof was engulfed in flames.
“We didn’t think to get dressed. We just got out. We just knew we had to get April out.”
They were offered shelter at Deeside Fire Station but Mr Dobson argued for them to get their car out so they could go to his mother’s house.
Ms Smith said: “I just thought we needed to get April out as quickly as possible. We just left the house and didn’t even bring her food with us. It’s all in the flat.”
The brand new development at Maes Helyg was only signed off by the Pennaf Housing Group in the last few weeks.
The housing group said residents were evacuated as a precaution and given support from the housing team, but all have now been allowed back home.
There was no damage to the building and no smoke damage.
Fire investigators were at the scene on Monday, trying to establish a cause for the blaze which completely gutted the Gateway To Wales Hotel, less than a year after a major refurbishment.
The hotel is owned by Gateway To Wales (Holdings) Ltd. Two of the directors are also CEO and finance directors of Black and White Hospitality Management Limited.
Source : DailyPost