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FSB meeting goes up in smoke

The recently appointed leaders of FSB Gloucestershire and West of England area team had a red hot date on Wednesday, when the first meeting in their new structure was delayed by fire.

The meeting - at the convenient location of Stonehouse Court Hotel near to M5 Junction 13 - was due to start at 10am, but when the members arrived they were greeted by 20ft high flames and a pall of smoke hanging over the front of the hotel and car park area.

The fire service arrived promptly and quickly brought the fire under control, while FSB members and other guests we gathered safely on the rear lawn.

Terry Lockwood, FSB volunteer regional national councilor, said: "Things have been exciting at the FSB recently but this was not really the kind of excitement we expected."

The meeting convened 30 minutes later as the smoke cleared - and the team started their planning session for the new era.

A spokesperson for the hotel confirmed there was a small fire in the bin area. The hotel was completely evacuated, with about 40 people forced to leave the building. Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service was on site for around 20 minutes.

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