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Wisbech 'devastated' by hotel fire, council says

The Phoenix, courtesy of Peter Ripley
Flames could have easily spread to other properties, the fire service said

People in a Cambridgeshire town are devastated by a fire at a historic hotel, a council leader has said.

Flames destroyed The Phoenix in North Brink, Wisbech, early on Thursday.

The building, which has not been used since August, was deemed structurally unsafe and work has started to demolish part of it.

David Oliver, leader of Wisbech Town Council, said he would like to see the listed building restored and then reoccupied.

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

Cambridgeshire Fire Service said work to demolish the hotel would resume on Saturday, when fire crews will also return to the site.

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