Hotel California investigation following devastating fire at abandoned building

The cause of a huge fire at a hotel in Cornwall is being investigated by police. Hotel California, in Newquay, went up in flames on the afternoon of Sunday, June 30, sparking a major emergency response.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the windows of the abandoned three-storey hotel. At least ten fire engines were called the scene to battle the fire, in Pentire Crescent, as thick black smoke could be seen filling the sky.

Eyewitnesses said they could see smoke from miles away. One person said at the time: "Hotel California is Newquay is currently on fire. I was just out walking the dog - rang the fire brigade at 4.15pm - they were on their way. It's completely taken hold now. The whole building is going."

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Officers are now investigating the cause of the fire, almost 48 hours after the initial call came in. Firefighters worked tirelessly overnight on Sunday to extinguish the fire and prevent its spread to nearby areas.

Anyone who may have information which could assist police in their ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire is asked to call 101 quoting crime reference 50240161198.

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire at the disused Hotel California, Newquay. Officers were first called at around 4.50pm on Sunday 30 June to assist the fire service while they were dealing with the fire. The fire was extinguished and there have been no reports of any injuries at this time. Enquiries are ongoing regarding the circumstances of how the fire originated."

Firefighters and police were still at the scene of the devastated Hotel California yesterday morning (Monday, July 1) after fire crews worked through the night to extinguish the fire.

CornwallLive was told on Sunday that there was a concern someone may have been trapped inside the burning hotel, as the site is known to be used by homeless people. Luckily, it has since been confirmed that no one was injured in the fire.

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Back in February, CornwallLive reported that the hotel was due to be demolished ahead of a new development. Planning was approved by Cornwall Council before the dramatic fire broke out.

The new development was expected to see the hotel complex brought to the ground before being replaced with a residential development. The former hotel closed in November 2021 with a design and access statement submitted with the planning application stating that "after years of steady decay the hotel grew outdated and in a state of disrepair".

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