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Large fire breaks out in Eastbourne hotel

Investigations are continuing into a large fire has broken out in a hotel in Eastbourne. The blaze broke out at the Claremont Hotel.

The blaze rages through the hotel Credit: Carol J. Phillips

Aerial pictures show devastation caused by hotel fire

George Brown, Group Managing Director

On behalf of Daish’s Holidays, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have supported and are continuing to support all those affected by the devastating fire at the Claremont Hotel. We are indebted to the emergency services, the local community and our staff, who ensured that public safety was the upmost priority as the situation developed throughout yesterday. This situation has saddened us all and we greatly appreciate the dedication and positivity from all those involved in helping to contain the fire and manage public safety, as well as the understanding of all those affected. We will continue communications directly with customers over the coming days and weeks to provide practical advice and support on matters such as lost personal items, and to help guests who were due to stay with us find alternative arrangements. We are currently working hard to support the Claremont Hotel staff and are in regular contact with them to update them. We will be covering wages in the short term to minimise the impact to our workers, and in the longer term we will be looking at ways to redeploy staff in other roles within the group wherever possible. We are continuing to work closely with the emergency services and local authorities to support their actions over the coming hours and days and we look forward to the outcome of their investigations in due course.

– George Brown, Group Managing Director
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The blaze at the Claremont Hotel Credit: Tudy Holman

Local residents have been urged to stay away from the seafront and close their doors and windows.

Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Smoke was seen pouring from the roof Credit: Dan Fletcher