A large fire broke out late last night at a hotel in Bude, North Cornwall with both Cornwall Fire and Rescue and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in attendance.

Crews were called out at around 1.20am to a hotel on Marine Drive in Bude after multiple callers reported the blaze to emergency services.

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Fire and Rescue initially said: "Multiple calls were received to this incident, starting 01:20hrs.

"Callers reported a fire within a hotel on Marine Drive, Bude.

"Two appliances from Bude were immediately mobilised, along with a whole time officer for support.

"Due to the high number of calls being received and information being passed by callers, two further appliances were mobilised from Holsworthy and Delabole.

"On arrival, initial crews confirmed smoke was issuing and Made Pumps 4. At 01:46, crews made up further, to Make Pumps 6 and also requested an Aerial Ladder Platform to attend.

"Attending crews have confirmed one detached property with the rear kitchen area well alight and roof space involved.

"In addition to 6 appliances, in attendance/requested are three whole time officers, one incident command unit, one operational support vehicle, one aerial ladder platform, one L4P, two water carriers, a high-volume pump and a welfare vehicle.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is being assisted by colleagues from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service due to the location of the incident."

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People were evacuated from from the area and Cornwall Fire and Rescue confirmed everyone was safe and well.

At around 6am, fire crews brought the fire under control and road closures were put in place so crews could continue to operate.

In an update Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "The blaze is now under control.

"Everyone is confirmed safe and well and CFRS / DSFRS crews continue to remain on scene to prevent escalation.

"Please avoid the area to allow crews to continue to operate.

"Road closures are now in place in the vicinity of the hotel."

Forty minutes later, the service put another update out, saying: "Incident is now scaling back, with some appliances returning to home stations.

"Sectors remain in place with crews firefighting hot spots.

"Evacuated persons have been given alternative accommodation."

Fortunately no one has been reported hurt in the incident - however, the same cannot be said for two bridesmaid dresses that were destroyed in the fire.

The bridesmaids were due to attend a wedding tomorrow and are now on the hunt for replacement dresses, with BBC Radio Cornwall sending out an appeal for help this morning.


The Packet will update this story as and when new information becomes available.