Huge fire at Blackpool hotel

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An investigation is underway after a dramatic fire raged at a Blackpool sea front hotel.

The roof of the Howard’s Crest hotel, on Bolton Street, South Shore, caught fire at 1.40pm on Thursday sending a large plume of smoke into the air.

Fire crews from across the county, including Preston, Bamber Bridge and Chorley attended the blaze.

Residents of nearby properties have been evacuated.