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Backpackers evacuated from Inverness hostel blaze

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More than 50 backpackers were hurriedly evacuated from a hostel in Scotland after a blaze tore through the building yesterday morning (April 3rd).

Fire safety officers and firefighters were called to the conflagration in Inverness at around 05:00BST after reports of flames coming from three storeys. Nobody was hurt in the incident after local fire crews worked to get those affected out of the vicinity quickly, putting them up in a nearby shopping centre. According to reports, smoke lingered across the city centre for hours and local roads were shut as emergency crews tackled the blaze. Early indications suggest the fire started on the same floor as a kitchen, while police are not treating the blaze as suspicious. Investigations into its cause are ongoing. Around 35 firefighters attended the scene and brought the blaze under control hours later.

Under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, employers must carry out a fire-risk assessment of their workplace for the purpose of identifying any risks to the safety of employees and others in respect of harm caused by fire in the workplace. Failure to do so could lead to a fine or up to two years in prison.