Hotel Meridien, Adelaide: Seven people injured and one critically injured in hotel fire


Explosions heard as fire engulfs Adelaide hotel and injures seven people with one in critical condition

  • Seven people and one critically injured as fire erupts at north Adelaide hotel
  • Blaze took hold at the Comfort Hotel Meridien on Melbourne Street on Sunday
  • Witnesses reported hearing explosions as police describe blaze as ‘suspicious’

Seven people have been injured and one left in critical condition after a fire erupted at a hotel in North Adelaide. 

Witnesses reported hearing explosions as the blaze took hold at the Comfort Hotel Meridien on Melbourne Street just after 6:30am on Sunday morning. 

At least seven people have been taken to hospital with one person left in a critical condition as firefighters fought the ‘intense’ flames. 

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

Fire Cause Investigators have determined the fire was accidental. 

Witnesses reported hearing explosions were heard as the blaze took hold at the Comfort Hotel Meridien (pictured) on Melbourne Street on Sunday morning

Billy-Kelly Ingrim was just three doors down from where the fire erupted and said he heard a ‘pop’ and a woman screaming. 

‘The smell (of smoke) was really potent,’ he told The Advertiser. 

‘We just shouted ‘it’s a fire’ and everybody started screaming and we all got out and made it by coming down the stairs.’ 

Another hotel guest said he heard ‘five consecutive explosions like a bang’ at about 7am and then saw a man being brought down on a crane. 

It’s understood guests were allowed back into their rooms at about 10am. 



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