DOZENS of guests have been evacuated from one of the county’s top hotels as firefighters tackle a huge blaze.
Residents and staff were led to safety from the recently refurbished Crathorne Hall Hotel in Yarm, North Yorkshire, after the fire broke out at around 10am this morning.
Eighteen fire engines attended following reports of smoke coming from the roof of the four-star hotel.
A spokeswoman from Hand Picked Hotels, which owns Crathorne Hall Hotel, said: “The fire broke out in a wing of the hotel and has been confined there.
“No-one was hurt and all the staff and guests have been evacuated.”
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service said twelve appliances had been called to the incident, and Cleveland Fire Brigade were assisting by sending
four appliances to the hall, along with a hydraulic platform.
A spokesman for the North Yorkshire service said: “We had a report of smoke coming from the roof space and dispatched a crew to investigate.
“Crews on the ground requested more appliances and 12 are currently there, or on route to the hall.”
Northumbrian Water has advised people in the area that they may experience discoloured supply.
The hotel has 37 bedrooms, all of which were recently renovated, according to its website.
Crathorne Hall overlooks the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, and is believed to be one of the most recently built country halls in the UK.
Set in 15 acres of private grounds, the hotel has been awarded four Red Stars - placing it among the top 200 hotels in the UK and Ireland.
English actress and singer songwriter Minnie Driver stayed there while filming Who Do You Think You Are for the BBC last year.