Firefighters descended on a fire ravaged hotel after two people climbed onto its roof.

A fire engine and several cars surrounded the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton this afternoon following the report from a member of the public.

A cordon was placed around the back of the building while firefighters searched for the people on the roof.

A spokeswoman from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters managed to locate the climbers and “evacuated them from the building”.

People climbed onto the hotel's roofPeople climbed onto the hotel's roof (Image: The Argus)

The incident comes almost a year since the historic hotel went up in flames.

Firefighters from multiple counties were drafted in to tackle the blaze that started on Saturday, July 15.

Read more: Fire crews reveal cause of Royal Albion Hotel fire

The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the hotel’s western side and soon spread, billowing smoke across the city centre.

Police closed off the Old Steine and part of the A259 King’s Road to traffic due to health and safety concerns, with fears that the building could collapse.

The major incident completely destroyed the half of the hotel.

An investigation later revealed the cause of the fire was a discarded cigarette.