DYFED-POWYS POLICE are investigating a suspicious fire at a Pembrokeshire hotel which took place early hours on Sunday morning (Jan 18).
A 26 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at the brand new Premier Inn in Withybush, Haverfordwest at around 6am.
A source close to the scene told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “It was a couple staying there from Hunt Ball. They’d fallen out. He’d locked her out from his room. She then went and got some petrol and set it alight, near a fire exit door.”
At the present time a part of the hotel is behind a police cordon. Specialist officers are investigating the events which lead up to the fire. It is not believed that anyone was hurt in the blaze.
Hotel guest Jennifer Paine said: “We were staying there last night. I have to say that the staff at Premier Inn dealt with the incident efficiently and professionally, and the Lost Coins nearby was marvelous in providing some delicious breakfasts.”
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service told The Herald: “Crews checked the property, which sustained minor smoke damage. The building was properly vented. All staff and guests were accounted for .”
The spokesman added: “133 people were evacuated to the neighbouring Marstons pub while the fire was extinguished.”
Premier Inn’s spokesperson told The Herald: “We can confirm that early this morning police and fire services were called to deal with a external fire next to our Haverfordwest premises, causing smoke to enter the building and requiring it to be evacuated.
“All staff and guests were safely evacuated in accordance with our fire procedures, and we are continuing to co-operate with emergency services.”
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said on Monday (Jan 19): “At approximately 6.30am on Sunday January 18, police were alerted to a fire at the Premier Inn, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest. Officers attended, but the fire had been extinguished. A 26 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson and driving whilst over the prescribed limit, and remains in custody at present.”