Eastbourne hotel ablaze in ‘serious’ fire

Photo courtesy of Matt Kuchta

Eastbourne residents have been warned to stay away from the seafront after a huge fire took place at the Claremont Hotel this morning.

Sea water is being pumped from the sea to be used by firefighters and South East Water have asked Eastbourne residents to limit their water use, wherever possible.

The hotel was evacuated successfully and guests have been taken to the Assembly Hall and Court Room in Eastbourne Town Hall where help has been made available to them.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Andrews said: “This is a very serious incident and the fire took hold very quickly.

“The swift actions of the hotel staff meant everyone got out of the hotel safely, and we thank them for their efforts.”

The grade II star listed building was built between 1851 and 1855. It is made up of the Claremont as well as the former Burlington hotel, together known as the Grand Parade.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

Photo courtesy of Matt Kutcha

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