West Sussex: Huge fire sweeps through hotel housing Ukrainian refugees
A massive fire has destroyed a 400-year-old hotel where refugees from Ukraine are said to have stayed.
Firefighters were called to the Angel Inn and a second property in Midhurst, West Sussex, in the early hours of the morning.
Flames are believed to have erupted in the building adjacent to the historic hotel on North Street just after 1am before spreading to the roof.
The Hilton Holloway resident said around 30 people – including some children – had been evacuated from the hotel.
“In the hotel, which had 15 rooms, there were some Ukrainian refugees,” he said.
“I spoke to a young woman who seemed relatively calm.”
Mr. Holloway, who lives across North Street, was woken up by the fire and rushed outside.
Pictures he took show the flames spreading from the outbuilding to the roof of the Angel Inn.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services called the fire “significant”.
Ten fire engines, a turntable ladder, a water carrier and an all-terrain vehicle were in action.
Meanwhile, Sussex Police, who dispatched officers to the scene, warned of road closures in the area.
No casualties were reported.
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https://metro.co.uk/2023/03/16/west-sussex-huge-fire-rips-through-hotel-housing-ukrainian-refugees-18451562/ West Sussex: Huge fire sweeps through hotel housing Ukrainian refugees