Safety measures are to remain in place overnight at the scene of a Eastbourne fire.
We were called at 08.52 on 22 November 2019 to reports of a fire in a basement of the Claremont hotel.
At the height of the incident 12 fire engines were at the scene, supported by specialist vehicles and officers.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police, Eastbourne Borough Council, SECamb, Highways, utility companies and local building control have been assisting.
Everyone was evacuated safely.
Cordons remain in place as the operation continues.
Eastbourne Borough Council is helping provide accommodation for people who need somewhere to stay.
Anyone who is unable to return to their home tonight because of the fire and needs alternative accommodation can call Sussex Police on 101 for assistance.
As of 21.00 the incident was being scaled back to three fire engines, command unit, a water bowser and an aerial ladder platform.
The building has been very badly damaged and measures have been put in place to help keep crews and members of the public safe should the building collapse.
We ask that the public avoid the area for the foreseeable future.
A further update will be posted in the morning at around 06.30.