Who owns the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne and how did the fire start?

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A HISTORIC hotel was ravaged by flames on November 22 with seven guests injured.

Here’s everything we know about the fire at Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne, east Sussex.

Seven guests were injured after a fire ripped through the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne
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Who owns the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne?

The hotel is owned by Daish’s Holidays.

In a statement following the fire, managing director George Brown said: “We are devastated at the loss of the hotel and will be working tirelessly to support everyone affected by the damage, including current and future guests, employees and local residents.

“We would like to thank the emergency services, the local community and businesses for their support at this difficult time, in particular the Pier Hotel, Afton Hotel and Queens Hotel, who kindly took in our guests and supported our team with looking after our guests.”

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Shocking footage showed flames leaping through the burning building[/caption]

The company, established in 1979 offers self-drive or coach inclusive holidays, including accommodation and entertainment.

Daish’s Holidays own several other hotels across Newquay, Torquay, Weymouth, Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight and Eastbourne:

  • County Hotel
  • North Shore Hotel
  • Somerset Hotel
  • Barrowfield Hotel
  • Devonshire Hotel
  • Ruseell Hotel
  • Hotel Prince Regent
  • Bournemouth Sands Hotel
  • Daishs Hotel
Emergency services helped guests after they escaped the flames
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How did the fire start?

Although it’s unclear how exactly the blaze started, officials have identified that the blaze began in the basement.

The fire could be seen spreading through the upper floors of the Grade II listed building, eventually wrecking the windows and roof.

A fire service spokesman said: “The building has been seriously damaged and will need to be examined by building experts before a decision is made about its future.”

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Guests fled after the inferno engulfed the Grade-II listed hotel[/caption]

Was anyone hurt?

Fire chiefs said all staff and guests have been accounted for, however seven guests are reported to have been injured.

Six people were treated for minor injuries and one person was rushed to Eastbourne Hospital with breathing difficulties.

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Guests fled after the inferno engulfed the Grade-II listed hotel[/caption]

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The fire engulfed the landmark East Sussex hotel today[/caption]

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Guests fled outside the burning building to escape the flames[/caption]

Thick columns of black smoke could be seen billowing from the hotel
Firefighters have asked people to avoid the area

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