Brighton seafront hotel guests evacuated after fire spreads

Fire at the Holiday Inn (photo by Eddie Mitchell)
Image caption About 30 fire fighters were at the scene of the blaze in Kings Road

Guests at a Brighton hotel had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the basement of the 21-floor building.

The fire broke out in an electrical room two floors below ground level at the Holiday Inn in Kings Road just before 23:00 BST on Thursday.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue said it took crews about an hour to bring the fire under control.

Ron Kirkwood, from the fire service, said: "It was quite difficult to get into the basement to put the fire out."

He said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but it was thought to be accidental.

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