22 November 2019 18:39
FIRE ripped through the historic Claremont Hotel today injuring seven guests as terrified customers fled the inferno. Guests were evacuated from the Grade II-listed hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex after it was engulfed by the huge blaze. 14 Seven guests were injured after a fire ripped through the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne Credit: Eddie Mitchell 14 Terrified customers fled the flames after the blaze broke out this morning Credit: Alamy Live News The hotel's owners say they are "devastated" at its loss. Six people were treated for minor injuries and one person was rushed to Eastbourne Hospital with breathing difficulties. Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 8.52am to reports of a fire in the hotel's basement, with the flames spreading to the upper floors.
Twelve fire engines from two counties battled the inferno at the Victorian hotel on the south coast. 14 Guests fled after the inferno engulfed the Grade-II listed hotel Credit: Alamy Live News 14 The fire engulfed the landmark East Sussex hotel today Credit: Eddie Mitchell 14 Guests fled outside the burning building to escape the flames Credit: Alamy Live News 14 Thick columns of black smoke could be seen billowing from the hotel 14 Firefighters have asked people to avoid the area 14 Guests rushed to safety from the fire this morning Credit: Sky News 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 with looking after our guests." Firefighters pumped sea water from the beach to tackle the blaze. Hotel guests were taken to Eastbourne Town Hall for refreshments after escaping the blaze. 14 Shocking footage showed flames leaping through the burning building Credit: Sky News 14 Emergency services helped guests after they escaped the flames Credit: Alamy Live News The building has been seriously damaged and will need to be examined by building experts before a decision is made about its future, the fire service said. The cause of the fire will be investigated. Mr Brown said the hotel team has been working closely with the local authorities and emergency services. He continued: "We have already arranged for return travel home today for all the guests who were staying at the hotel. MOST READ IN NEWS 'NO JUSTICE' Amber, 13, told teacher her DOG was treated better before she was found hanged RAPE CELEBRATION Students filmed high-fiving after raping helplessly drunk woman are caged RANDY ANDY Andrew parties in unearthed pics despite claiming 'he avoids PDAs & can't sweat' YEARS OF pain Andrew's paedo pal Epstein 'repeatedly raped teen & shared her with friends' WINTER BUG Norovirus outbreak hits 60 schools - health officials called & pupils sent home FAMILY TRAGEDY Mum, 56, and daughter, 16, crushed to death when tree fell on their car "Guests who were due to check into the hotel in the near future have been contacted by Daish's Holidays, and we are in the process of informing guests who have hotel bookings over the coming days, weeks and months, to assist them with alternative arrangements. "It is clear that this fire has caused significant damage to the Claremont Hotel, a Grade II Listed building which is not only one of our most popular hotels, but also a prominent and historic Eastbourne landmark." British Red Cross volunteers are supporting people evacuated from the hotel fire. 14 The fire broke out in the hotel basement this morning 14 Firefighters from 12 crews battled the flames as they ripped through the hotel floors 14 The cause of the fire is being investigated Credit: Alamy Live News