VIDEO: Huge blaze destroys manor house hotel near Liskeard
Firefighters were continuing damping down operations last night and into this morningafter a huge blaze destroyed a three-storey manor house hotel in Cornwall.
At its height, the fire at Great Trethew Manor Country House, Horningtops, Liskeard, was tackled by almost 50 firefighters from across half of Cornwall, as well as the Devon and Somerset fire service.
The popular hotel was fully booked, but at the time of the fire, which started at shortly before 12.30pm, most of the guests were away and there were no reported casualties.
The fire service and Cornwall Council were working together last night to find temporary accommodation for some of the guests.
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Fire incident commander Martin Wingrove said from the scene that the fire had destroyed the building. He said: "It's just four walls. The roof, first and second floor have collapsed to the ground floor and are just smouldering. I have had to tell guests coming back from day trips that the hotel has burnt down."
Plumes of smoke were said to be seen bellowing from the building up to 100ft high, with crews tackling the fire using high pressure hoses through open doors and windows.
In the late evening, when the fire had died down, some crews were stood down, with those from St Columb, St Dennis, Bodmin, St Austell, Launceston and Wadebridge working together to dampen it down. An eyewitness, who saw the fire, said by the time he got there the damage had been done. He said: "The building was absolutely gutted. It was just a containment exercise as far as the building was concerned, it looked like a write off."
The manor house serves as a family-run hotel with holiday cottages, luxury lodges and a campsite within its 40 acre grounds. Fire investigators will work to identify the cause of the fire this morning.