Animals rescued from Eastbourne hotel fire

Two cats and a dog have been rescued after the Eastbourne hotel fire today (Friday).

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 7:29 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 8:21 pm
Photo by Ian Jackson SUS-191122-094827001

The pets are currently being cared for in the mayor’s parlour after the blaze at the Claremont Hotel on Eastbourne seafront this morning.

They are among 40 people being looked after today at Eastbourne council’s rest centre after the fire.

A council spokesperson said most of those were residents of Elms Avenue, who were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution and will be able to return home this evening.

Four were guests of the Burlington Hotel and two were from the Afton Hotel, both of which were evacuated.

A council spokesperson said, “We also provided shelter for two cats, who were temporarily housed in the mayor’s parlour, and one dog.

“Another couple had lost their phones in the fire and a member of our team was able to contact their daughter on social media to let her know they were safe.

“Hotel accommodation was arranged for one couple with medical needs from Elms Avenue who were unable to return to their flat because of smoke damage.

“Blankets, wash kits, refreshments, hot food and pet food were provided. Beds were also brought in case anyone needed to stay overnight.

“Twenty members of our team, including Neighbourhood First, Customer First, Tourism and Housing Needs, have been involved in this operation today and worked hard to help those affected by the fire. We would like to thank them for their efforts.

“The seafront road near the Claremont Hotel will remain closed for the time being while structural engineers investigate the site.”