Sixty firefighters fought a blaze at a derelict hotel in a popular holiday town over the weekend.
Ten firecrews dealt with the blaze at the former Hotel Riviera in Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, on Saturday at around 6.30am.
It’s believed the blaze was started deliberately.
Firefighters took more than two hours to control the flames which ripped across the building’s first and second floors.
The building is known as a popular haunt with homeless people sleeping rough. It is the second fire at the site since September last year.
Jenny Adamson, who lives next-door to the site, called for the property to be demolished before someone is killed.
She said: “Pressure needs to be applied to get the site demolished. If it had been a windy day, the fire could have spread further and people could have died.”
Dave King, manager at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said a security company was putting up a fence around the old hotel.
Mr King said: “It’s suspected arson because there is no power to the property, and there’s no other reason a fire should start – but there is an ongoing investigation.”
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