Luxury hotel evacuated as huge gorse fire spreads in Devon

Telegraph Reporters
The fire could be seen from miles around - Twitter / @jolyonholroyd /Fire at Woodbury Common 

A luxury hotel was evacuated on Sunday as a massive gorse fire spread in Devon.

Guests left the Woodbury Park hotel as a precaution as around 160 firefighters tried to contain the blaze on Woodbury Common in east Devon.

Credit: Twitter / @jeremyboyden
Credit: NPAS Exeter Police Helicopter 

One firefighter was taken to hospital and three others needed medical treatment. With the wind fanning the flames, the fire could be seen for miles around the area.

Roads were closed, but some people have travelled to the area to see the incident.

It took place in an area that is popular with dog walkers.

The fire service sent 20 pumps, four water carriers and two incident command units to the scene after the fire broke out around 2pm.

Credit: NPAS Exeter Police Helicopter

The hotel was once owned by former world racing champion Nigel Mansell.

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