Multiple crews fight derelict hotel fire in Newquay

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a derelict hotel in Newquay.

Firefighters from across Cornwall were called to the Hotel California, on Pentire Crescent, just before 17:00 BST.

Devon and Cornwall Police has closed the roads across Pentire.

Newquay resident Gillian Barrie called 999 when she saw smoke as she was walking her dog and said it was "a proper inferno".

She said: "It was scary watching the smoke building up.

"It took a good half-an-hour before we saw the flames and then it was a proper inferno inside."

She said she heard "bangs and glass smashing inside" and said it was "really sad" watching the front of the hotel collapse.

At 17:37 a spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are in attendance at a large derelict building in the Newquay area.

"We have multiple resources in attendance."

A spokesperson for Newquay Community Fire Station said it was a "significant fire" and asked people to avoid the area as "a large amount of fire appliances" were required to deal with it.

The hotel has been derelict since it closed in 2021.

Smoke rising above Pentire photographed from the opposite side of the point
Smoke could be seen across the town [BBC]

At 18:19 Devon and Cornwall Police asked the public to stay away from the area whist firefighters dealt with the blaze.

They advised residents to close their windows due to the smoke.

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