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Two men arrested over Northamptonshire Premier Inn fire

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating a fire which destroyed a Premier Inn hotel in Northamptonshire.

Firefighters battled to bring the fire in the two-storey building at Brackley Hatch on the A43 under control after it started on Monday evening.

The hotel was evacuated after smoke was seen coming from the building.

A 36-year-old from Coventry and a 20-year-old from Leicester have been arrested on suspicion of arson.

They are being held at Weston Favell police station in Northampton.

Ten crews from Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and the US base at RAF Croughton tackled the fire.

The 55 guests were taken to another hotel.

Police were alerted to the blaze which had broken out at the hotel by the Green Man public house on the A43 at 2145 BST.

The cause of the fire has yet to be established and fire service investigators are at the scene this morning.

It appears that linen in plastic crates outside the main hotel building caught fire.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Fire Service said no-one was hurt in the fire.

She said the guests at the hotel, located between Brackley and Silverstone, had been moved to another Premier Inn at Harpole.

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