Scotland: Six fire engines were called to Braemar Lodge Hotel in Aberdeenshire this morning following an explosion and major fire at the former shooting lodge.
Police Scotland reported that seven guests, two staff members and the owner were safely evacuated from the building.
It is thought a liquified petroleum gas cylinder may have exploded in an external building, causing a fire to spread to the main building.
The flames have since been put out, however fire crews remain on site according to the BBC.
Local MP Andrew Bowie said: “We are all seriously concerned for the safety of the employees and visitors at Braemar Lodge. I know the fire crews and paramedics will be doing their utmost to keep everyone safe.
“The lodge is one of the town’s jewels and has welcomed generation after generation of visitors to Royal Deeside. It’s of massive importance socially and economically for Braemar. Losing the building would be a huge blow to the community — but my first thought is for the wellbeing of anyone who may have been inside.”
Braemar Lodge Hotel, originally built in 1870 as a shooting lodge, features seven en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and malt whiskey bar, along with self-catering accommodation. These range from the Bunk House which accommodates up to 12 people, and nine log cabins.