Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the South Western Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers are hosting a one-day national seminar in March to tell the story of one of the country's worst hotel fires.

Three people died following the fire at the Penhallow Hotel in Newquay in August 2007, an incident which presented many challenges for the crews on the ground and last year led to the prosecution of the hotel's owners for breaches in fire safety legislation.

Now, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Institution of Fire Engineers will be bringing together key speakers to give a perspective from those who were first on the scene and officers who dealt with the subsequent fire investigations and prosecutions.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 28th March at the Eden Project in St Austell, Cornwall.

Aimed at members of the fire community, the day-long conference will also give an account into the building construction and fire development, as well as a personal insight from a relative who lost two members of his family in the tragedy.

"For the first time since the tragic events of 17 August 2007 we have brought together a number of key individuals to give a thorough account from initial call to criminal prosecution," said Justin Sharp from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.

"We have had a great deal of interest from the fire community over recent years and are grateful to all our speakers on the day for agreeing to take part."


Delegate costs are £130 for IFE members and £150 for non IFE members. For more information call Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service on 01209 844933, email or visit 


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