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Birmingham's Paragon Hotel guests evacuated due to fire

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Image caption The fire started shortly after 03:00 BST

Nearly 300 guests had to be evacuated in the early hours from a Birmingham hotel after a fire broke out on the second floor.

An electrical fault is being blamed for the fire at the five-storey Paragon Hotel in Alcester Street.

About a fifth of the first and second floors were said to have been affected by smoke.

The fire started shortly after 03:00 BST but crews from Highgate were able to leave the scene about an hour later.

West Midlands Fire Service said hotel staff evacuated the premises before crews arrived.

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