Man hospitalised after fire at popular hotel
A man was hospitalised following a fire in one of Kilkenny city's most popular hotel and nightclubs on Christmas Day.
The fire broke out shortly after 9am in the kitchen of the four-star Langton's House Hotel on John Street.
It is understood that a member of staff, who was on the premises at the time, was woken by a fire alarm and the sound of the blaze and immediately ran downstairs to find the kitchen on fire.
The man was staying in the hotel to prepare for hundreds of Christmas dinners being made by chefs and staff for older people living in the area.
Three fire units and ambulances were on the scene within minutes.
The man was transferred to St Luke's General Hospital believed to be suffering from smoke inhalation.
No guests were staying in the family-run hotel at the time.
Fire service and Health and Safety Authority (HSA) investigations into the cause of the fire are under way, but it is not considered suspicious.
A member of the emergency services said: "Thankfully the fire was eventually contained and did not spread past the kitchen from what we know so far. There is a lot of damage in the kitchen and it is not known if the hotel will be able to open in the coming days."
Members of the well-respected Langton family rushed to the scene of the fire once notified by staff and the emergency services.
A staff member said: "We are all devastated by the fire and absolutely distraught for the Langton family. They work so hard to deliver a first-class service to patrons and are very good to their staff."