Fire sweeps through Astoria Hotel in Blackpool

Astoria Hotel
Image caption The Astoria Hotel is in the heart of Blackpool town centre

More than 70 firefighters tackled a blaze that has destroyed a hotel in the centre of Blackpool.

The fire was believed to have started in the laundry room at the Astoria Hotel on Albert Road, at about 18:15 GMT on Sunday.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated and Albert Road was closed as firefighters dealt with the blaze.

Lancashire Fire Service said no-one was thought to have been injured, but a dog is believed to have died.

A spokesman said there were concerns over guests trapped inside and a gas cylinder at the top of the five-storey building.

Firefighters are still at the scene damping down the fire.

An investigation by Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire Service is under way into the cause of the fire.

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