Huge fire tears through Coventry hotel

Crews from across Coventry responded to the 999 calls
Crews from across Coventry responded to the 999 calls -Credit:CoventryLive

Fire crews raced to another blaze at the former Allesley Hotel in Coventry last night. Smoke was seen billowing from the derelict hotel in Birmingham Road last night (May 5).

West Midlands Fire Service control sent crews from Coventry, Binley, Canley and Foleshill to the scene at just before 7pm. Firefighters found a blaze had been started in what was the 'grand hall' on the ground floor.

A spokesperson for the fire service told CoventryLive that the first and second floor of the building was '100 per cent smoke-logged'. Crews battled to put out the flames in the ground floor.

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"They then carried out a search of the building, as a precaution, but there were no persons found," the fire service spokesperson added. Crews were at the scene for two hours with the last engine leaving at just after 9pm.

It is understood that police were called to the scene. We have contacted West Midlands Police for a comment.

The incident at the hotel last night was the second in a matter of months as there was a fire at the hotel back in February. At its height, 50 firefighters were called into action at the once popular venue.

The former hotel has been the target of several arson attacks ever since it closed. It is not yet known what caused the latest fire.

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