Two people have died and others injured in a fire at luxury Scottish hotel, Cameron House in Loch Lomond.
Firefighters confirmed they were called to the property on the banks of the Loch at 6.40am yesterday morning, as the blaze took hold in the main house of the five-star property.
More than 200 guests were evacuated and two people died, one at the scene, while another died after being taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
Three others, including a child, were taken to hospital for treatment and later released.
Police Scotland said the hotel, near Balloch, had been extensively damaged and the fire could be seen for miles across the Loch.
A statement from Andy Roger, resort director at Cameron House Hotel, said:
“At approximately 6:40am on Monday 18th December 2017 there was a large fire at Cameron House Hotel. Emergency services were alerted and guests were evacuated to the nearby Boat House Restaurant while Scottish Fire & Rescue, Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland arrived on scene.
“Tragically, the authorities have confirmed two fatalities from the fire. In addition, three individuals were transported to the local hospital, but have since been discharged. The safety and well-being of our guests, employees and neighbours is our first priority, and our deepest condolences are with the families of those affected.
“We are working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire, and to provide support to our guests and the families of those affected.”
The iconic business is said to be one of the best luxury hotels in Scotland and is home to 136 bedrooms, Michelin-star restaurant Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and expansive spa, golf and activity facilities.
Earlier this year, under new ownership by KSL Capital which acquired the business in 2015, Cameron House completed a £4m renovation across the property, upgrading bedrooms and introducing a Great Scots Bar Terrace to the offering.