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Demolition work at fire-hit hotel in Wisbech


Hotel building destroyed by fire

A hotel in a historic part of a Cambridgeshire town is being partly demolished following a fire.

Fire crews were called to The Phoenix in North Brink, Wisbech in the early hours of Thursday.

Nearby properties were evacuated during the fire. The Phoenix was later deemed structurally unsafe.

North Brink and surrounding roads will remain closed while demolition takes place. Two fire crews are expected to remain at the scene throughout the day.

Electricity restored

The fire service said at 1415 BST that Two fire crews were still at the scene and expected to remain there for the rest of the day.

Electricity has been restored to surrounding buildings, a spokeswoman added.

Maurice Moore, from Cambridgeshire Fire Service, said: "It was a really difficult job because of the age and the height of the building.

"There was great potential for it to spread, causing significant damage to this historic area of Wisbech."

Further demolition is expected to take place on Friday.

It is not known how the fire started and an investigation is under way.

The building had not been used since August.

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Wisbech Standard Loss of the Phoenix is a tragedy, says hotelier - 14 hrs ago
Evening News 24 Huge blaze rips through hotel - 17 hrs ago
Fenland Citizen Fire latest UPDATE on the fire at Wisbech's Phoenix Hotel on North Brink at 2.30pm on Thursday. - 21 hrs ago
EDP 24 Fire guts historic Wisbech hotel - 27 hrs ago

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