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In West Sussex, a 400-year-old hotel that is supposed to have been housing Ukrainian immigrants has been completely destroyed by fire.

Early this morning, firefighters were summoned to the Angel Hotel and another building in Midhurst, West Sussex.

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It’s believed that shortly after one in the morning, fire started in the nearby North Street structure before spreading to the top.

Hilton Holloway, a resident, reported that about 30 individuals, some of them were children, were evacuated from the motel.

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Firefighters dealing with a fire in Midhurst, West Sussex which includes a 400-year-old hotel that was said to be housing Ukrainian refugees. The fire was thought to have broken out shortly after 1am on Thursday at a property on North Street before spreading to the roof of the Angel Inn next door. Picture date: Thursday March 16, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story FIRE WestSussex. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Firefighters are still at the scene of the incident this morning (Picture: PA)
Firefighters dealing with a fire in Midhurst, West Sussex which includes a 400-year-old hotel that was said to be housing Ukrainian refugees. The fire was thought to have broken out shortly after 1am on Thursday at a property on North Street before spreading to the roof of the Angel Inn next door. Picture date: Thursday March 16, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story FIRE WestSussex. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Work continues to put out the flames (Picture: PA)
FIRE: The Angel Inn Hotel in Midhurst, West Sussex. pictured this morning.after a fire ripped through the entire struture in the night. According to sources the hotel was housing Ukrainian refugees who have all been rescued. Photograph By chris Gorman /Big Ladder. 16th March 2023 07555419581
The fire ripped through the entire structure of the historic hotel (Picture: Chris Gorman/ Big Ladder)
The Angel Inn Hotel In Midhurst https://www.facebook.com/theangelinnmidhurst?locale=en_GB
This is what the Angel Inn in Midhurst used to look like (Picture: Facebook)

‘There were a number of Ukrainian refugees in the hotel, which had 15 rooms,’ he said.

‘I spoke to one young woman who seemed relatively calm.’

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Mr Holloway, who lives on the other side of North Street, awoke to the blaze and rushed outside.

Pictures taken by him show the spread of the flames from the adjoining building to the roof of the Angel Inn.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue are currently dealing with a significant fire at the Angel Inn hotel in North Street, Midhurst. Ten fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, a water carrier & off-road vehicle are currently at the scene. Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees Two historic buildings are well alight. Angel Inn housed Ukrainian refugees who had to be evacuated. One of those evacuated was a Ukrainian girl who said the hotel had 15 rooms in the hotel, a bystander said he counted and saw about 30 people being led down the pavement to a local recpection centre in the town Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees If in the local area, please keep your windows shut due to the amount of smoke. More to follow
The fire started just after 1am (Picture: H.Hilton/UKNIP)
West Sussex Fire and Rescue are currently dealing with a significant fire at the Angel Inn hotel in North Street, Midhurst. Ten fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, a water carrier & off-road vehicle are currently at the scene. Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees Two historic buildings are well alight. Angel Inn housed Ukrainian refugees who had to be evacuated. One of those evacuated was a Ukrainian girl who said the hotel had 15 rooms in the hotel, a bystander said he counted and saw about 30 people being led down the pavement to a local recpection centre in the town Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees If in the local area, please keep your windows shut due to the amount of smoke. More to follow
Most of the roof of the two buildings is now fully destroyed (Picture: H.Hilton/UKNIP)
Firefighters dealing with a fire in Midhurst, West Sussex which includes a 400-year-old hotel that was said to be housing Ukrainian refugees. The fire was thought to have broken out shortly after 1am on Thursday at a property on North Street before spreading to the roof of the Angel Inn next door. Issue date: Thursday March 16, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story FIRE WestSussex. Photo credit should read: Hilton Holloway/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Only the façade of the hotel can be seen still standing (Picture: PA)
Firefighters dealing with a fire in Midhurst, West Sussex which includes a 400-year-old hotel that was said to be housing Ukrainian refugees. The fire was thought to have broken out shortly after 1am on Thursday at a property on North Street before spreading to the roof of the Angel Inn next door. Issue date: Thursday March 16, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story FIRE WestSussex. Photo credit should read: Hilton Holloway/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
At least 10 fire engines were deployed to the scene (Picture: PA)
West Sussex Fire and Rescue are currently dealing with a significant fire at the Angel Inn hotel in North Street, Midhurst. Ten fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, a water carrier & off-road vehicle are currently at the scene. Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees Two historic buildings are well alight. Angel Inn housed Ukrainian refugees who had to be evacuated. One of those evacuated was a Ukrainian girl who said the hotel had 15 rooms in the hotel, a bystander said he counted and saw about 30 people being led down the pavement to a local recpection centre in the town Ten Fire Engines And Dozens Of Firefighters Have Been Called To Tackle Blaze At Hotel Used To House Ukrainian Refugees If in the local area, please keep your windows shut due to the amount of smoke. More to follow
Emergency services have been working for hours to put out the flames (Picture: H.Hilton/UKNIP)

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services called the fire ‘significant’.

Ten fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, water carrier and off-road vehicle were deployed to the scene.

Meanwhile, Sussex Police, which sent officers to the scene, warned road closures would be in place in the local area.

No casualties have been reported.

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