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Statement from Leader of Chichester District Council

Cllr Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council said: "Earlier this morning (1.08am on 16 March) there was a significant fire at a hotel in North Street, Midhurst.

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"All occupants were safely evacuated by West Sussex Fire and Rescue, and they are now being cared for within our rest centre. This must have been a terrible ordeal for those affected and our thoughts are with them. Our staff are currently doing everything they can to support them.

"Local residents are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed, due to the smoke that is still in the area. At the time of publishing this statement, North Street is closed and so people are being advised to avoid this area and find alternative routes. I would like to thank the fire crews for their exceptional work in safely evacuating the residents from the building, and our staff who quickly organised the rest centre for those who are affected."

For further updates, please visit West Sussex Fire and Rescue's website (opens new window).