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Blaze at former hotel was arson

Fire at former Grange Hotel, Rhyl (Pic: Martin Moyse)
Fire crews from across Wales were brought in to fight the blaze

A blaze at a derelict Denbighshire hotel in which one man was injured is being treated as arson, say police.

The Grange in Rhyl, which was being used as a shelter by homeless people, was badly damaged on 18 March.

There were initial concerns that others might have been injured alongside the man of 45 who is recovering, but police said they had found no-one else.

A spokesman said they were treating the blaze as "deliberate ignition" and their inquiries are continuing.

Some 80 firefighters from across Wales were called to tackle the blaze, in which parts of the building, including an external wall, had to be demolished to give easier access.

Former Grange Hotel
Parts of the building had to be demolished

A joint examination of the fire scene with the fire service is complete, but police are still appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Society charity has called for Denbighshire Council to save the former hotel, a Grade II listed building.

Alex Baldwin, of the Victorian Society, described the fire as a "tragedy" and said: "North Wales is losing too many of its outstanding historic buildings."

The Grange was originally built as a pair of private villas known as Morannedd and Boddonnan, according to the society.

It said the hotel was the latest in a "long line of nationally significant historic buildings in north Wales to have suffered serious damage after a long period of dereliction."

Denbighshire Council will consider its options once investigations are concluded, a spokeswoman said.

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