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Seafront damaged by fierce blaze

Fire scene in daylight
Investigations into the cause of the fire have begun

Fire crews are damping down after tackling a major fire at a Lincolnshire seafront resort.

The incident began on Monday evening and at its height there were 65 firefighters at the Square Peg Pub, on Grand Parade, in Skegness.

Nearby residents were evacuated as the flames spread from the base of one building into the shared roof space.

The incident is close to the scene of a major fire last year, which led to part of Grand Parade being demolished.

Group manager Shaun Taylor, from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said it had been a difficult fire to deal with.

"We will start to make some further progress with daylight and we can assess the risks a little more clearly.

Scene of the fire
An aerial platform was used to fight the fire
"And then we will attempt possibly to put personnel a little deeper into the property but that will take the rest of the day and I anticipate us being here for at least another 12 hours."

Crews also had to call in gritting lorries after night-time temperatures froze water which had run into the street.

The Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Neil Pimperton, said he hoped the pub would not share the same fate as the fire-hit arcade.

"Hopefully with it being a building that has stood the test of time I hope it will not be destroyed.

"It is a beautiful looking building and for me, if we can keep it in the state it was, I shall be over the moon."

Deputy Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Dick Edginton, said: "This is quite an unbelievable tragedy.

"We have just got over the original fire in August 2007 and then this happening as well, it could not come at a worse time."

Investigations into the cause have begun but officials declined to speculate on any possibilities.

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