Around 30 people evacuated after derelict seaside hotel catches fire in Newquay


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Around 30 people have been evacuated from their homes and a police major incident declared after fire broke out at a derelict seaside hotel in Cornwall.

The fire broke out at the four-story Cedars Hotel in Newquay, police said.

A rest centre has been set up for people moved from homes close to the hotel on Mount Wise, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

A spokesman said the force had declared the fire a major incident.

"At this time the fire is still burning and the hotel has been evacuated," he said.

"A number of local residents surrounding the hotel have been evacuated as a precaution.

"The Cornwall Council emergency planning officer has opened a local rest centre for approximately 30 displaced residents.

"At this time there have been no reports of any injuries."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue service said it had six pumps, an aerial ladder and other vehicles at the scene.

Local reports have suggested the building is due to be demolished and replaced by a £3 million housing development.