Aug 23, 07 | 7:56 am
Two guests are still missing after fire destroyed a seafront hotel in Cornwall, killing one man and injuring others.
Search teams have been concentrating on one part of the burnt-out ruins of the Penhallow Hotel in Newquay but a full-scale search for bodies won't begin until later in the week, Sky News has learnt.
Hoteliers and fire union officials have attacked cuts in the local fire service.
A couple who run the hotel next door to the Penhallow told Sky News that they blamed a lack of fire fighting resources for the loss of life.
Chris Findon said: "Those lives could have been saved - it's the lack of equipment that's to blame."
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades' Union, said: "We know that the only two aerial appliances in Cornwall were out of action and an appliance had to come 50 miles from Devon.
"We have also been concerned at cuts in night cover.
"The first call to the Penhallow Hotel came at 12.30am. There were not enough crews in the area to man the second pump, it is dangerous not to have sufficient night-time cover."
A man in his 40s died after jumping from one of the upper floors of the building as the flames spread.
Four others remain in hospital. One, believed to be elderly, is said to be in a critical condition.
Demolition crews have pulled down the shell of the hotel and police and fire teams will search the rubble for bodies.
Police have revealed that a burglary took place a few hours before the fire broke out.
A spokesman said: "The cases are not being linked at this time but anyone who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact the police."
The Penhallow, which lies in a crescent overlooking the sea, caters mainly for older people.
Source: Sky News