Crews tackle disused hotel fire in Lanarkshire

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Firefighters at the Town Hotel in HamiltonImage source, isla todd
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Firefighters are at the Town Hotel in Hamilton

Fire crews are fighting a blaze at a disused hotel in South Lanarkshire.

Smoke and flames were reported coming from the boarded-up Hamilton Town Hotel in Townhead Street at about 14:50 on Wednesday.

Four appliances were sent to the scene of the fire which has sent black smoke across Hamilton town centre. No one is believed to have been hurt.

The 'C' listed building has been empty for several years and is the subject of a recent planning application.

In April, Premier Inn announced its plans to demolish the property to make way for a new £7m hotel.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were alerted at 14:50 on Wednesday, 20 June to reports of a fire in a derelict building.

"Operations Control mobilised four fire engines to Hamilton's Townhead Street, where firefighters are currently working to extinguish the fire.

"There are no casualties."

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