Almost 200 guests were evacuated from a hotel at 3am after a suspected arson attack which left eight people injured.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the Dilkhusa Hotel after reports of flames ripping through the four-storey seaside building.

A total of 184 guests and staff fled the scene including three who were trapped and had to be taken out of the hotel by firefighters.

Four ambulances also attended the incident in Ilfracombe, Devon and eight people needing treatment for smoke inhalation. Four were taken to hospital.

Police launched an investigation amid suspicions the fire at the three-star hotel was started deliberately.

It was discovered in the toilet of a third floor guest room.

Firefighters say the fire was under control by 5.30am with a fifth of the third floor damaged by fire.

The third and fourth floors were also smoke logged.

The cause of the fire is suspected to be deliberate and a police investigation has been launched.

At this time, the cause of the fire is suspected to be deliberate. A police investigation will be carried out.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service