A HUGE fire raged through the Banbury Premier Inn hotel near Warmington yesterday afternoon.
All guests and staff were evacuated from the hotel and the neighbouring Wobbly Wheel Brewers Fayre pub around 3pm while the emergency services were called.
At least nine fire engines from three counties - Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, and Northamptonshire - were called to tackle the blaze and crews were forced to stay overnight.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said all persons were accounted for, and this was confirmed by Whitbread PLC, the company who own both the hotel and the pub.
Another aerial shot taken at 7pm showing the number of fire engines called to the scene.
Anna Glover, Whitbread's communication director said: "We can confirm that a fire started at the Banbury Premier Inn this afternoon. The emergency services were immediately called as part of our on-site Emergency Fire Action Plan.
“All guests and employees have been safely evacuated and no one has been hurt. We have found alternative accommodation for our guests and would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused.
“We are currently helping the fire service and the police with their enquiries and therefore aren’t able to make any further comments.”
Photos: Dominic Connolly and Andrew Steven.
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