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22 November 2019 12:39

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A massive fire has broken out at the seafront Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne. The building has been evacuated and everyone accounted for, the East Sussex Fire Service says. Footage of the blaze shows fire leaping from the roof as firefighters battle to save the heritage-listed Victorian building that is a major landmark on the seaside town's Grand Parade. The fire service tweeted that the fire was in the roof of the building, adding: "Everyone's been evacuated safely." Firefighters are pumping seawater to the crews' hoses in their efforts to quell the blaze this morning. A witness told the Eastbourne Herald: "It's absolutely huge.

(Image: @EastSussexFRS /Twitter) The fire service is urging local residents and businesses near the scene to keep their doors and windows closed and to avoid the area as crews tackle the fire. The Herald reports that earlier this morning onlookers were asked to move away amid fears the hotel's windows could explode. There are twelve fire engines at the scene. (Image: @t2udy/Twitter) The expansive terrace that houses both the Claremont and Burlington hotels are considered a key Eastbourne landmark and a significant example of Victorian-era architecture. The Grade-II listed building dates from 1851-55 and is four storeys tall.

Heritage England labels it "the best series of buildings in Eastbourne." West Sussex Fire Service said it is also sending a crew and a high volume pump to back up the teams battling the blaze. Guests are reportedly also being evacuated from surrounding hotels while fire crews work to contain the blaze. TWELVE fire crews have been called to tackle a 'serious' fire at a seafront hotel. Firefighters are in action at the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne to tackle a fire in the building's basement. Smoke billowed out of the hotel down nearby streets.

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Paul Harper, sales and marketing director for Daish's Holidays, which owns the hotel, said the incident began at 8.45am this morning.>> FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOG FOR UPDATES "The fire started in the basement and most people were in the dining hall," he said. "Everyone was quickly evacuated and we have put everyone up in alternative accomodation. "There were a couple of minor injuries from falling plaster but nothing major. "Everyone was over the road before it got worse." East Sussex Fire and Rescue is advising people to avoid the area. It has told residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. A crew from West Sussex has been called in to help tackle the blaze. Firefighters are pumping seawater from the beach to tame the fire. A huge blaze is ripping through Claremont Hotel (Picture: Nick Wakefield/Alamy Live News/East Sussex FRS/@David19921905) Firefighters are tackling a huge fire which is tearing through and destroying an Eastbourne hotel. Crews have been battling to put out the fire at the landmark Claremont Hotel, in Grand Parade, since they received reports at 8.52am. The blaze is understood to have begun in the basement of the seafront heritage-listed hotel but the circumstances around it are not yet known. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said that everyone was evacuated and have been accounted for, with no reports of injuries. Images and videos shared on social media show thick black smoke filling the sky, as huge flames tear through the Victorian building. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The building dates back to around 1851 (Picture: Nick Wakefield) There have been no reports of injuries yet (Picture: @David19921905) Witnesses said they heard the windows explode in the hotel (Picture: @t2udy) Around 12 fire engines are at the scene (Picture: Alamy Live News) The historic building has been ablaze since just before 9am (Picture: Nick Wakefield) Nearby hotels are also being evacuated as fears grow that the fire could spread, reported the Eastbourne Herald. Witnesses told of hearing the alarming moment when windows exploded at the hotel. A witness at the scene told the paper: 'It's absolutely huge. It started at the back of the hotel, now the whole front of the hotel is on fire. 'Loads of people are running around, there's loads and loads of smoke.' The Victorian building is heritage-listed (Picture: @igcookie) Fire services have urged the public to avoid the area (Picture: Alamy Live News) Fire services confirmed everyone has been evacuated (Picture: Alamy Live News) Firefighters hosed down the building using water from the sea across the road from the hotel (Picture: East Sussex FRS) East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said 12 fire engines are currently at the scene and urged the public to avoid the area and keep windows and doors shut. Pictures show firefighters on the beach across the road pumping their hoses with seawater in a bid to control the blaze. The service said in a statement: 'We are asking people to avoid Eastbourne seafront as firefighters tackle a serious fire. 'Twelve fire engines have been sent to the scene. Crews are using breathing apparatus and main jets to tackle the fire. Firefighters have been tackling the blaze since just before 9am today (Picture: Alamy Live News) The Victorian building is being destroyed by the flames (Picture: East Sussex FRS) 'Nearby roads are closed while the firefighters work.' The Grade II listed building was constructed between 1851-55 and is a well-known landmark on Eastbourne's promenade. Claremont is an adults only three-star hotel. Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.

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