'Suspicious' blaze at historic hotel

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Guests at a large Victorian hotel were evacuated today after a fire was discovered, police said.

North Yorkshire Police said more than 130 guests were moved out of the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, but one person remained unaccounted for.

Fire crews were called to the historic building at around 5am.

It is thought the blaze may have started in one of the top-floor rooms.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing flames coming from the roof of the hotel.

Around 60 firefighters were brought in to tackle the blaze at the hotel, which is located in 12 acres of gardens in the heart of Harrogate.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The hotel was evacuated and we currently have no reports of injuries and firefighters are still working hard to bring the fire under control and limit damage where possible.

"It is still too early to comment on a cause for the fire but an investigation will commence as soon as practicably possible."

A police spokesman said the fire was being treated as "potentially suspicious".