Devon

Torquay's derelict Conway Court hotel destroyed by fire

A derelict hotel in the Devon resort of Torquay has been destroyed by fire.

About 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at the derelict Conway Court Hotel in Warren Road which started about 21:15 GMT on Monday. No-one was hurt.

Nearby buildings were evacuated and Torquay seafront closed after part of the four-storey hotel collapsed.

Meanwhile, crews from north Devon have been dealing with a big fire at the empty four-storey Southcliffe Hotel in Ilfracombe.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm was raised just before 06:30 GMT.

Image caption The fire caused severe damage to the derelict four-storey hotel in Ilfracombe

Appliances were sent from Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Combe Martin, Lynton and Woolacombe, including an aerial ladder platform from Barnstaple.

No-one was injured, but the fire caused severe damage to the building which has been empty for a number of years.

There are concerns that the structural integrity of the hotel may have been compromised.

Investigations into the cause of both hotel fires will be carried out.

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