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THE OWNER of the Shetland Hotel says luckily nothing was hit after a six foot by six foot fire escape cover fell from the top of the building in the windy weather.

The incident happened at the hotel, on Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road, this afternoon (Friday).

Hotel owner Robert Smith said the intention is to get it fixed once the weather allows. Materials landed in the parking lay-by in front of the hotel.

June Burns said she saw the incident unfold when driving into Lerwick and got a “terrible shock”.

“I was driving past heading into town going past Shetland Hotel and I was aware of something big flying through the air,” she told Shetland News.

“I actually ducked and put my arm over my face then there was a huge bang. I got to the roundabout at the Co-op and turned back and there was a huge lump of debris lying in the long parking area in front of the hotel.”

The windy weather has seen inter-island ferry services suspended, while SSE is currently reporting issues with power in the South Mainland.

Shetland Islands Council said a gust of 67mph was recorded in Lerwick at 2pm.

An archive photo of the Shetland Hotel. Photo © Mike Pennington (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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