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Boys held after former hotel fire in Weston-super-Mare

Royal Pier Hotel on fire 29 September 2010 - picture by Bob Turner
Image caption More than 30 firefighters extinguished the blaze

Two teenage boys have been arrested after a fire at a derelict hotel in Weston-super-Mare.

The pair, aged 13 and 14, were held on suspicion of arson but have been bailed, police in the town said.

The former Royal Pier Hotel was declared structurally unsafe and is now being demolished.

Historian John Crockford-Horley said the building, which opened in 1854, was "the premier hotel in Weston for many years" before falling into decline.

More than 30 firefighters tacked the blaze on Birnbeck Road on 29 September.

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