Miraculous escape of 130 guests and staff as seven are injured fleeing historic seafront hotel in Eastbourne after the beautiful Victorian building was engulfed in flames

By Amie Gordon –  November 23,  2019

  • Twelve fire engines have been scrambled to blaze at historic Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne’s Grand Parade
  • Fire has been raging since 9am and flames seen ravaging the inside of the hotel on the East Sussex seafront
  • Crews are pumping seawater to stop the spread of the inferno engulfing the building and neighbouring hotels

Scores of firefighters are today desperately trying to stop a massive blaze which is tearing through a hotel in one of Britain’s oldest resort towns.

Firefighters are pumping seawater to stop the spread of the inferno ripping through the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex as well as neighbouring buildings.

Around 120 terrified guests and staff were evacuated safely from the seafront hotel when the fire broke out just before 9am this morning in the basement. Six people suffered minor injuries and one person went to hospital had breathing difficulties.

At least 60 firefighters and a dozen fire engines are at the scene as the inferno continues to out thick smoke, leading to a warning to residents to keep their windows closed.

The blaze comes five years after the 140-year-old Eastbourne Pier was ravaged by a fire which was started ‘deliberately’.

Twelve fire engines were sent to deal with the blaze at the historic Claremont Hotel

Smoke and flames have been seen billowing out of the building since around 9am

Smoke is still billowing out of the building, while guests have been evacuated from the hotel in Eastbourne this morning

Some 12 fire engines, as well as ambulances, have been sent to the Claremont hotelThe Claremont was sold by the Lions Hotels to the Daish Hotel Group in 2013, before it underwent a ‘comprehensive refurbishment programme’ with a new bar and lounge that year. Rooms at the hotel cost £10 to £149 per person, per night.

A witness told the Eastbourne Herald: ‘It’s absolutely huge. It started at the back of the hotel, now the whole front of the hotel is on fire.

‘There are loads of people are running around, there’s loads and loads of smoke.’

George Brown, group managing director for hotel owner Daish’s Holidays, said: ‘We are devastated at the loss of the hotel and will be working tirelessly to support everyone affected by the damage, including current and future guests, employees and local residents.

‘We would like to thank the emergency services, the local community and businesses for their support at this difficult time, in particular the Pier Hotel, Afton Hotel and Queens Hotel, who kindly took in our guests and supported our team withholding  looking after our guests.’

Mailonline – London

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