Cameron House remains closed

Osborne ‘saddened’ by writer’s death in hotel blaze

Cameron House

Fire tore through the building causing the deaths of two men

London Evening Standard editor George Osborne has paid tribute to one of the guests who died in the devastating fire at Cameron House hotel.

Simon Midgley, a 32-year-old PR company boss and travel writer, was a freelancer for the paper and died with his partner Richard Dyson, 38, a television producer.

The former Chancellor said: “The team here at the Standard are very sad to hear the awful news about Simon and Richard.

“We will miss Simon’s adventurous spirit. Everyone sends our thoughts and prayers to his family at this impossible time.”

Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley
Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley

The couple, of Somerfield Road in north London, had been staying at the five-star hotel on Loch Lomond.

The fire broke out at breakfast time on Monday and more than 200 guests were evacuated, some treated for smoke inhalation.

Two adults and a child were rescued by ladder and taken to hospital. They were later discharged.

A statement from the hotel said that it will remain closed until further notice.

It added: “We would kindly ask all guests and customers to remain patient as we work with the emergency services to establish the extent of the damage and ascertain when we will be able to reopen.”

Seventy firefighters tackled the blaze which caused severe damage to the top floors of the five-star hotel.

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