Fire at Lea Manor Hotel in Shropshire

Image caption Six fire engines were sent to the site which has been earmarked for development

A second fire in just over a year has has ripped through a derelict hotel in Shropshire.

Six fire engines were sent to the former Lea Manor Hotel site on Holyhead Road near Albrighton.

Crews were called at about 05:25 GMT on Monday and the fire was brought under control by 07:00 GMT.

An investigation will be held at the site, where serious damage was caused by an arson attack in February 2010.

Janette Bevon, who works for the hotel's owners, said plans to turn the site into two new homes had recently been given the go ahead.

She said: "There's no call for a hotel here but it's taken us a long time to convince the establishment that we needed a change of use.

"We now have planning permission to convert it into two domestic dwellings which is what we propose to do now."

She added that despite the fire they still hope to move on with the development as "quickly" as finances dictated.

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