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North Adelaide fire at the Comfort Hotel Meridien leave three critically injured

Three people fighting for life and four others injured after hotel goes up in flames – with one man suffering burns forced to leap into the swimming pool

  • Three people are in critical condition and another four injured after hotel fire 
  • The Comfort Hotel Meridien caught fire around 6.30am early Sunday morning
  • A trapped man suffering severe burns was forced to jump into the hotel’s pool
  • Several upset guests claim there were no fire alarms sound or announcements 

Three men are in critical condition and another four injured after an blazing inferno at a popular hotel.

About 6.30am on Sunday guests at the north Adelaide Comfort Hotel Meridien were forced to flee in their pyjamas while firefighters fought to rescue those trapped in the building.

The three men fighting for their lives are now receiving treatment in ICU at Royal Adelaide Hospital’s burns unit. The are aged 43, 44 and 54.

About 6.30am on Sunday guests at the north Adelaide Comfort Hotel Meridien were forced to flee as the hotel was set alight

A group of seven people – including two little girls – were rescued by fire crews from their balcony.

One man who suffered burns in the fire was forced to leap into the hotel’s swimming pool to escape the flames.

Several witnesses claimed they could not hear any fire alarms or announcements from the staff.

Three critically injured men aged 43, 44 and 54 are receiving treatment in ICU at Royal Adelaide Hospital's burns unit while another four were treated for injuries

Three critically injured men aged 43, 44 and 54 are receiving treatment in ICU at Royal Adelaide Hospital’s burns unit while another four were treated for injuries

Firefighters worked to rescue trapped guests from their rooms while one burnt man was forced to jump from his hotel balcony into the swimming pool

Firefighters worked to rescue trapped guests from their rooms while one burnt man was forced to jump from his hotel balcony into the swimming pool

Johan Linde said he was woken up by a domestic dispute and ‘explosion’ moments before the fire started. 

‘I could hear this really loud shouting, it sounded like domestic violence, it was really aggressive,’ he told Adelaide Now.

‘Someone was yelling “help me, help me” then there were these explosions and all this commotion.

Several guests said there were no fire alarms sound during the incident and claimed to have heard a domestic dispute followed by an 'explosion'

Several guests said there were no fire alarms sound during the incident and claimed to have heard a domestic dispute followed by an ‘explosion’

South Australian Police said firefighters rescued over 15 people from the hotel using ladders and aerial appliances and evacuated 95 rooms

South Australian Police said firefighters rescued over 15 people from the hotel using ladders and aerial appliances and evacuated 95 rooms

‘I could hear a beeping like we had left the fridge door open and then people were shouting there was a fire. There wasn’t any fire alarm or anything coming over loud speakers.’

South Australian Police said firefighters rescued over 15 people from the hotel using ladders and aerial equipment. There were 95 rooms in total that were evacuated.

Criminal investigators spoke to guests at the scene while 46 firefighters worked to control the flames.

Early investigations have ruled the fire as an accident. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Comfort Hotel Meridien for comment.

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