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Popinjay Hotel in Carluke on fire as crews tackle huge morning blaze

A Lanarkshire hotel is up in flames sparking a huge emergency response.

Fire crews were called to The Popinjay Hotel in Carluke just before 7.20am on Thursday. Ten appliances were sent to the lodgings and officers as of 9.25am officers were still tackling the blaze.

Shocking footage shared with the Daily Record shows ferocious flames and plumes of smoke towering out of the roof. Fire vehicles can also be seen in the background of the 34-bed hotel and spa.

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'Heartbroken' locals took to social media concerned for the 'beautiful old building' and its 'great team', with some speculating that the inferno broke out in the 'gym area.'.

One wrote: "iIt's in the gym area, 10 pumps are in attendance."

Another added: "This is absolutely heart breaking."

A third wrote: "It’s the gym."

The Popinjay Hotel in Carluke, South Lanarkshire. (HANDOUT/REACH PLC)

Another posted: "Some sad news, we are hearing of a fire that has broken out at the Popinjay Hotel. We hope everyone is okay and the fire services get the fire under control to prevent any further damage to the venue.

"Beautiful old building with a great team behind it."

Local transport firm, Richland Minibuses, kindly offered their services to those caught up in the blaze.

Their statement read: "If anyone involved in the Popinjay fire is needing moved to a safe place please get in contact and we will help move people to a safe space away from the incident. Praying everyone is okay.

"Contact us on 07768 873245."

The fire broke out just before 7.20am on Thursday. (HANDOUT/REACH PLC)

Hotel chiefs took to social media to inform followers and locals that all staff and guests were evacuated. They claim nobody was injured as a result of the blaze.

The cause of the fire was not confirmed.

Their online statement read: "Fire incident at Popinjay Hotel this morning, we are able to let everyone know full evacuation of all staff and guests completed quickly without injury to anyone. The property is in the hands of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service for investigation.

"The road remains closed at present and we will update as soon as possible."

Local councillor Lynsey Hamilton has urged members of the public to avoid the area.

The Labour representative said: "Sadly the Popinjay is on fire this morning. I can imagine how busy it will be on that road with the fire response so please avoid the area.

"I hope everyone is okay and it's not as bad as it looks."

The Scottish Fire Service (SFRS) confirmed their attendance.

A spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 7.18am today (Thursday) of a fire at a hotel premises on Lanark Road in Carluke. Operations control mobilised ten appliances to the scene and specialist officers.

"Fire crews currently remain in attendance."

Lanarkshire Police Division confirmed that they were also at the scene 'assisting' fire crews. Officers have sealed off the A72 from Maudslie Bridge to Crossford Bridge.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

A statement read: "Officers are currently assisting the Fire Service following a fire at a hotel in Lanark Road. The A72 is closed from Mauldslie Bridge to Crossford Bridge.

"Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes."


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