Lowestoft: Hotel evacuated after fire

MORE than 30 firefighters are this morning battling to contain a blaze at a Lowestoft pub and hotel.

Crews were called to the Sun Rise Inn, in Corton Road, close to the seafront, at about 6.15am after a fire broke out in the roof of the three-storey building.

A Suffolk fire service spokesman said the roof had partially collapsed, and a neighouring hotel was being evacuated as a precaution.

The fire is the second at the property this week.

On Sunday, fire crews spent about two hours putting a blaze in a first floor flat at the hotel, after being called to the scene at 1am on Sunday.

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The cause of was not believed to be suspicious and is thought to have been caused by an electrical faultbut police were called in after fire crews noticed signs of forced entry at the rear of the building.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the matter was being treated as a burglary, although it appears nothing was stolen.

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As a result of the fire Corton Road has been closed to traffic in both directions.

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