A fire destroyed much of a 400-year-old hotel in Midhurst, England, on Wednesday night, Sky News reported. The fire department said more than 30 people were evacuated from the building. According to a witness quoted by the station, a group of Ukrainian refugees stayed in the hotel.
The fire broke out around 1am on North Street in Midhurst, West Sussex, England. As reported by Sky News, the fire appeared on the roof of a neighboring building, and then spread to the more than 400-year-old tenement house where the Angel Inn hotel is located. According to the station’s information, ten fire brigades initially arrived on the spot, later four additional cars were sent to extinguish the fire.
“More than 30 people have been evacuated from the building and firefighters are working hard to bring the blaze under control,” the West Sussex County Fire Brigade tweeted this morning. In the next post, published before 9, firefighters said the fire, described in the entry as “significant”, is still being put out, but “decreasing”. As you can see in the photos from the scene, the roof and upper floors of the building were mainly damaged.
Refugees from Ukraine were in the hotel
Richard Abbott, the chief of the local fire department, in a recording attached to one of the Twitter posts appealed to the residents of Midhurst not to approach the burning hotel. “It is too early to determine the cause of the fire, but as soon as it is possible and safe, we will try to determine it,” Abbott said.
Hilton Holloway, a witness to the incident, was quoted by Sky News as saying that a group of Ukrainians had stayed at the hotel. – There were many Ukrainian refugees in the hotel, which had about 15 rooms. I spoke to one young woman, she seemed quite calm.
Until the publication of this text, there has been no message indicating that the fire has already been completely extinguished.
Sky News, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
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