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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 December 2006, 16:52 GMT
Investigation after fire at hotel
Fire engine outside the Thistle Hotel in Cardiff
Crews spent much of the day damping down
An investigation is under way after a major fire during the night at a hotel in the centre of Cardiff.

More than 50 firefighters fought the blaze at the Thistle Hotel in Park Place and later crews spent much of Wednesday clearing up there.

Between 90 and 95 guests had to leave the hotel after the blaze in the early hours. No-one was injured.

South Wales Police said there has been considerable water damage to the upper levels of the building.

Nearby Greyfriars Road was closed to traffic while the premises were made safe.

The fire which was first reported around 0100 GMT on Wednesday had spread from the second to the fourth floor of the building, according to South Wales Fire Service.

In a statement, Thistle Hotels said: "A fire occurred at Thistle Cardiff during the night. All guests and staff were immediately evacuated to safety.

"Thistle Hotels takes the safety of our guests extremely seriously and are assisting the relevant authorities investigating the cause of the fire.

"We are in the process of contacting people with future bookings at the hotel."

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