Inquiry into fire which claimed lives of two men at luxury hotel begins

A fatal accident (FAI) inquest into the deaths of two men in the 2017 Cameron House fire will begin Monday.

The inquest, being held at Paisley Sheriff Court, will look into guest and fire safety issues at the Loch Lomond hotel following the deadly fire in December 2017.

Cameron House was previously fined £500,000 following the deaths of London-based Simon Midgley, 32, and his partner Richard Dyson, 38.

The purpose of the inquiry, according to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, is not to “assign blame” but to determine the cause of death and what lessons can be learned to minimize the risk of future deaths in similar circumstances.


Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson (Family Handout)

Unlike a criminal trial, the FAI system is inquisitorial rather than adversarial and a fact-finding exercise.

The sheriff hears all evidence presented in court and listens to witnesses before making their findings.

In making the decision, the presiding sheriff may make recommendations to the parties involved, including recommendations on future precautions, possible improvements, or systems that should be put in place to prevent future deaths.

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “COPFS understands that waiting for the process must have been extremely difficult and stressful for those affected.

“We will continue to keep the families of those involved fully updated and answer any questions they may have about the process during the FAI.” Inquiry into fire which claimed lives of two men at luxury hotel begins

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