Major fire at North Yorkshire hotel

Fire crews spent the day putting out a major fire at Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm. It broke out at around 10am in a wing of the historic hotel. No-one was injured.

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'Do you take it as an omen?' asks couple due to wed at Crathorne Hall

A couple due to be married tomorrow say they're hopeful the wedding will still go ahead even though part of their original venue has been devastated by fire.

One wing of Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm on Teesside went up in flames yesterday putting Catherine Plant and Jonathan Cook's wedding in jeopardy. Now a nearby venue has stepped in to save the day.

But they did joke that maybe it was "meant to be" and they should take it as "an omen".

Bride in tears as part of wedding venue burns down

A bride due to be married on Friday says she spent a day in tears after learning that part of her wedding venue has burnt down.

One wing of the Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm went up in flames earlier.

And it means Catherine Plant's wedding to Jonathan Cook can't go ahead.

The couple are now forced to make last minute plans to move the ceremony and reception.

MORE: Smoke and flames engulf historic hotel

Crathorne Hall fire 'under control'

Firefighters have managed to bring a major blaze under control at a hotel in North Yorkshire.

Crews were called to Crathorne Hall at around 10am after a fire broke out in the roof space of the east wing. It's believed the main part of the hotel is unaffected.

PICTURES: Firefighters tackle hotel blaze

More than 100 firefighters worked tirelessly through the day. At one stage they were trying to force the roof in to put out the fire.

Couples who had booked weddings there over the weekend have been told the venue will not have reopened.

North Yorkshire Fire Service confirmed the fire is now under control.

Firefighters trying to force roof in to contain blaze

Fire crews at Crathorne Hall near Yarm are using water to try and force in the roof of the hotel to contain a major fire which spread through a wing.

Around 100 firefighters are on site, with smoke billowing from the roof hampering their efforts.

"You have the difficulty of breaking through from the outside as well as the inside.

"And of course by its nature, a roof is boarded off and it's very difficult to see where the fire's spread to.

"The main thing we're trying to do is stop the fire spreading from the east wing to the main hotel."

– Dave Drybrugh, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The main part of the building remains unaffected but couples due to hold their weddings at the hotel this weekend have told ITV News Tyne Tees that the venue has confirmed they will not be going ahead.

"We are making contact with people who are staying with us over the next few days, because clearly we're not going to be operational.

"When we get the building back [from firefighters] we will then assess the impact on our business."

– Douglas Waddell, Operations manager, Hand Picked Hotels
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