Man in hospital after hotel blaze

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A MAN was taken to hospital following a blaze which destroyed a hotel in Blackpool last night.

Five fire crews were called to the Dukes Hotel in Palatine Road at 11.59pm after a fire started in its basement.

Blackpool fire station watch manager Mark Warwick said: “We had to force entry to the hotel because it was locked and we were faced with a serious fire.

“We found one person inside who we rescued and he was accompanied to hospital. It was a surprise to find anyone in there.”

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