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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".
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
An events company due to be hosting a wedding fayre at Crathorne Hall this weekend say they are 'hopeful' it will still go ahead.
Diamond Events are in 'constant contact' with staff at the hotel in North Yorkshire after a major fire broke out in the roof space of the nursery wing this morning.
The Wedding Fayre on Sunday October 5 is due to be held in the main house of the hotel, a separate part to the wing where the fire has been contained.
In a message on their Facebook page, a spokeswoman said: "If this situation does not change the Wedding Fayre will go ahead, we will update you with more information as soon as we can.
"More importantly everyone is fine."
Smoke and flames can be seen from the A19 as fire crews try to bring a massive blaze under control at Crathorne Hall Hotel.
18 fire engines are at the hotel near Yarm, and have requested two water tankers to be sent.
All staff and guests have been safely evacuated from a North Yorkshire hotel, as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze.
A spokeswoman from Hand Picked Hotels, which owns Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm, said: 'The fire broke out in a wing of the hotel and has been confined there.
"No-one was hurt and all the staff and guests have been evacuated."
The fire started around 10am this morning. Eighteen fire engines are still at the scene.