Cumbria hotel residents flee fire

Fire at Queen's Head Hotel Image copyright Ben Berry
Image caption All 20 people inside the Queen's Head Hotel escaped

Twenty people escaped from a fire at a hotel in Cumbria that caused extensive damage to the building.

The blaze broke out at the Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck shortly before 22:00 BST on Friday.

Nearly 60 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze at the Grade II-listed building.

Although the hotel has been badly damaged, it is thought it can be rebuilt after the ground floor was saved.

The A592 Rayrigg Road was closed for several hours between the A591 Ambleside Road and A5091 Park Brow, but has since been reopened.

Everybody in the building at the time escaped safely, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said.

Firefighters remained on site into Saturday morning, as the building continued to smoulder.

Image copyright Michael Brown
Image caption The Grade-II listed building suffered extensive damage, the fire service said

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