SHOCKING pictures show the enormous extent of the fire which has broken out at a hotel today.

The seafront hotel was "engulfed in flames" after a fire broke out in its basement.

Eastbourne's Grade II* listed Claremont Hotel was evacuated after the blaze started at about 8.50an.

The Pier Hotel was evacuated.

About 60 firefighters and 12 engines were sent to the scene.


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Six people have been treated for minor injuries, with one taken to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties, the ambulance service said.

All those who were in the hotel when the fire started have been accounted for, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.

Nearby residents have been advised to keep windows and doors closed. Roads in the area have been shut.

Flames spread from the basement of the Claremont and could be seen coming out of windows and the roof.