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Skegness fire

A fire took hold at The Parade in Skegness at about 2330 BST at the back of a premises on the arcade and the area was quickly evacuated by the police (Pic: Russell Matthews).

Skegness fire

Witnesses said the fire took hold quickly at the entertainment complex and within 20 minutes flames had begun to rise into the sky (Pic: John Byford).

Skegness fire

A large part of the seafront was closed off and the Skegness lifeboat reported it could see the smoke column on its radar screens (Pic: David Smith).

Fire scene

Police backup was called in from Grantham and Lincoln to assist Skegness crews and 20 fire appliances were used to prevent the fire spreading (Pic Tony Walsh).

Fire scene

Fire officers said the intensity of the blaze and the severity of the damage would make investigating the cause difficult (Pic: Tony Walsh).

Fire scene

The derelict Parade Hotel has been badly damaged and may have to be demolished. Businesses said the fire was a further blow during a poor summer (Pic: Daley Caps).

Demolition crews arrive

Demolition work begins on the badly damaged Parade Hotel (Pic: James Hardaker).

Demolition crews at work

Bulldozing the building to help tackle the blaze gets underway. Firefighters wanted to control which way the building would fall to prevent any damage being caused (Pic: Julie Scott ).



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