Great Trethew Manor Country Hotel fire 'was accidental'

Great Trethew Manor Country Hotel on fire
Image caption Firefighters tackled the flames, which quickly broke through the roof

A blaze that tore through a country house hotel was accidental, fire investigators have said.

More than 50 firefighters were called to the Great Trethew Manor Country Hotel in Horningtops, near Liskeard in Cornwall, on Tuesday.

At one point, the heat was so intense that crews were forced to suspend their battle against the flames.

Cornwall Fire Service said no other details were available but the cause had been ruled accidental.

Fire crews from Cornwall and Devon were called to the three-storey building on Tuesday afternoon, with firefighters remaining at the scene overnight.

An investigation was started on Wednesday.

The manor house is a family-run hotel with holiday cottages and camping within its 40-acre grounds.

It was fully booked, but most of the guests were out when the fire started.

Nearby residents initially offered temporary accommodation for some of the guests and there were no reports of injuries.

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