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One person dead after fire rips through luxury 5-star hotel on shores of Lake Lomond

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One person has died in a fire which ripped through a luxury 5-star hotel popular with top footballers this morning.

Four others, including a child, were rushed to hospital following the blaze.

Visitors staying at Cameron House hotel, near Balloch on Loch Lomondside, Scotland, evacuated the premises at around 6am.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the plush hotel, which also houses a busy spa and restaurants, to rescue trapped residents Glasgow Live reports.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed four patients – three of whom, including a child, are believed to be from the same family – are being treated at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6:41am on Monday, December 18 to reports of a fire that had taken hold within Cameron House Hotel, Balloch,” a spokesperson for the fire and rescue services said.

“Operations Control immediately mobilised four appliances and an aerial appliance to the scene.”

The hotel is one of the loch’s best known and iconic businesses, proving popular with Celtic and Rangers players over the decades and celebrities and public figures visiting or working in Scotland.

One guest posted footage on Twitter as the building was evacuated, which was then quickly taken down.

The same witness reported that smoke was pouring from three floors of the building.

Ambulances were also in attendance and traffic in the area has also been affected with delays on the roads surrounding the hotel and loch.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland: “We received a call to assist with fire crews after a fire was reported at Cameron House hotel on Loch Lomond around 6.45am.

 

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Victor osimhen bags player of the month award

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Lille’s Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has been named September’s French Ligue 1 Player of the Month.

The 20-year-old striker, who joined the club in August from Belgian side RSC Charleroi, scored twice and provided two assists in five matches last month as Lille climbed into the top five.

“It’s been an amazing time at this club and to get this award is surreal,” says Osimhen

“I’m grateful to those who voted, thankful to my teammates, our backroom staff and the entire Lille fans for the love.

“I never expected this to happen so soon but I guess this is what comes when you are surrounded by great players, loved ones and the blessings of God.”

Osimhen saw off the challenges of Monaco’s Algerian international Islam Slimani and veteran Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois to the monthly honour awarded by the Player’s Union (UNFP).

He succeeds Angola-born Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who won the August award and became the youngest ever winner at the age of 16.

An incredible two months for Osimhen in the colours of Lille has resulted in eight goals in 11 appearances for the northern club.

Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.

He also scored on his full debut for Nigeria in a 2-2 friendly draw against Ukraine in September.

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Man United sweating over De Gea fitness

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Manchester united has suffer injury blow after David de Gea picked up a muscle injury on international duty, Spain took no chances to substitute him with Kepa Arrizabalaga in 60minutes.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given any update on his fitness ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool.

The United goalkeeper appeared to tweak a hamstring while taking a goal kick during the second half of Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Sweden on Tuesday night.

They face current league leaders Liverpool who possess a potent front three in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and Solskjaer will be desperately hoping his star goalkeeper will be fit, with United on a woeful run of form.

While, United could be without their De gea and Paul pogba this weekend, Liverpool are set to welcome back their star goalkeeper Alisson.

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