Newquay derelict hotel fire 'was arson'

Newquay fire
Image caption Smoke from the derelict hotel affected neighbouring buildings

A fire at a derelict hotel in Newquay is believed to have been an arson attack, Cornwall's fire service says.

Emergency crews were sent to the four-storey former Cedars Hotel in the Mount Wise area at about 16:30 GMT on Wednesday.

About 30 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties which were affected by smoke in what police declared a major incident.

Residents were later allowed to return home. No injuries were reported.

About 20 firefighters remained at the scene through Thursday morning, damping down hotspots.

An inspection was to be carried out determine if the building was structurally safe, the fire service said.

Newquay station manager Stuart Whitworth said: "It's a derelict property and there's no power to it, so we can be fairly confident this is arson."

Police are investigating the cause.

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