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Blaze destroys derelict Torquay hotel that was due to be restored

Fire crews have warned members of the public to stay away Credit: Simon Lee / @Simon_Lee_83

A historic hotel in Devon that was due to be restored is in danger of collapse after a huge fire.

The blaze started this morning at Shedden Hall Hotel in Torquay.

The building has been derelict for the last seven years.

There are currently 10 fire engines at the scene. Police and paramedics were also called, although no one was hurt.

Shedden Hill Road is likely to be closed for the rest of the day. Credit: Joe Hassell

Fire crews have warned members of the public to stay away amid worries the hotel could collapse.

The area around the fire, Shedden Hill Road, is likely to be closed for the rest of the day.

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The hotel became derelict in 2012 and since then it has been vandalised and been left badly damaged by a number of fires.

In 2018, there was speculation that work was about to begin to convert the building into residential properties.

Torbay Council said there was an application to refurbish the hotel to build the following:

  • Four residential apartments
  • Three, two storey garden cottages
  • Four, four storey town houses
  • One, four storey coach house
  • 19 car parking spaces
The hotel became derelict in 2012 Credit: Joe Hassell