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Guests evacuated as fire engulfs Deeside hotel

Guests evacuated as fire engulfs Deeside hotel

The fire is causing significant smoke in the area
Nearly 50 guests have been evacuated from a hotel in Deeside as emergency services tackle a serious fire that has engulfed the buildingForty-five firefighters are trying to control a fire in the roof of the Gateway to Wales Hotel on Welsh Road near Queensferry in Flintshire.The alarm was raised at about 04:30 GMT and billowing smoke is causing significant disruption on nearby roads. Sealand Primary School has been closed.Nobody has been injured.North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said all 47 guests and a member of staff had been accounted for.
Guests evacuated as fire engulfs Deeside hotel

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Firefighters are tackling the fire, which has destroyed the hotel's roof
Area Manager Kevin Roberts, the senior office at the scene, said they all got to safety after the hotel's smoke alarms were activated.He said crews had "pretty much surrounded" the fire, which had engulfed the roof."The roof structure itself is pretty much gone," he added.An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out later.
The roof of the hotel has been destroyed
Danny Lawton, who lives in a block of flats next to the hotel with his girlfriend and their baby, said he was woken at 05:00 by police banging on the door to tell him to leave the building."When we went outside you couldn't tell it was a winter night as the heat coming off the fire was immense," he said."When we came outside the whole roof and top floor was on fire on the side facing our building."People who had nowhere to go were instructed to go to the fire station for shelter if needed. "The whole surrounding area was just full of smoke and flashing blue lights."
Welsh Road, Station Road and two lanes of the eastbound A494 are closed because of smoke blowing across the roads.Flintshire council said it anticipated heavy congestion in the area and suggested roads would remain closed for at least six hours.It added that access to Sealand Primary School was closed, meaning it could not open on Monday.Councillor Christine John, who lives on Welsh Road, said the fire must have been "dreadful" and "so frightening" for the guests."There's just an awful lot of blue lights there now and an awful lot of billowing smoke. It looks so scary," she added.
The fire is causing disruption on nearby roads
The Alliance Armed Policing Unit, which works with North Wales Police, said it was supporting emergency teams at the scene.Highways England also tweeted to warn motorists in England about the disruption: "#A494 is currently closed in both directions due to a building fire... closed from A550 and A548 junctions near Queensferry #Deeside... #M56 west traffic be aware..."North Wales Police tweeted: "Please use alternative route as long delays are expected."A Welsh Ambulance Service spokeswoman said it sent four ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, two duty officers and a hazardous area response team.
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