Disused Torquay hotel fire being investigated as arson

Torquay fire, photographed by Liberty Feist Onlookers said they saw thick smoke and heard loud bangs during the fire

A fire which destroyed a disused hotel building on Torquay's seafront is being investigated as a suspected arson attack, Devon and Cornwall police say.

Six appliances from around the county tackled the blaze at the 150-year-old Palm Court Hotel building on Saturday morning.

Onlookers described seeing thick smoke and hearing several loud bangs.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it did not believe anyone had been in the building at the time.

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