Sun worshipers flee from the beach at Bournemouth when a massive fire breaks out in a beach hut and rages up the cliffs towards hotels, houses and shops
- Dramatic pictures show an inferno that tears open the heather-cliff in the middle of a thick black cloud of smoke
- Photos show it is dangerously close to the cliff on the four-star Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott
- The emergency services got into the West Undercliff area, where sun worshipers were evacuated
- The fire spread quickly from the burning beach huts and paved a line of destruction on 100 m² of heather
- Crews of at least four fire stations on the south coast were deployed to fight the fire
Firefighters struggle to stop a massive fire that devoured a seaside hotel in Bournemouth after three beach huts went up in flames.
Dramatic images depict an inferno tearing the heather cliff toward a building that is believed to be the four-star Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott.
Emergency services ran into the West Undercliff area, where a barrier was built and sun worshipers were evacuated.
The fire quickly spread from the burning beach huts and has followed a destructive path on 100 m² of heath, where photos show that it is dangerously close to the hotel on the cliffs and other houses.
Crews of at least four fire stations on the south coast were deployed to fight the fire after the alarm was triggered shortly before 4 p.m.
A fire engine drove across the sand to the remains of the beach huts, which were completely gutted.
Firefighters fight a massive fire on Bournemouth Beach after three beach huts went up in flames
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the fire started from one of the burning beach huts before 100 m² of heath was quickly devoured
Emergency services have gotten into the area between Bournemouth Pier and Branksome Beach, where sun worshipers have been reported to have been evacuated
The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Department said: “The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with a fire on the West Undercliff in Bournemouth that affects three beach huts and approximately 100 square meters of heath on the cliff.
“We were called to the scene at 3:11 pm and have firefighters from Redhill Park, Springbourne, Westbourne and Christchurch, as well as the Westbourne air unit. Additional crews are on the way.
& # 39; The fire creates significant smoke over the boardwalk and West Hill Road.
"People are asked to stay away from the area and to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution."
Dorset police tweeted, "Please avoid the area of the West Cliff lift on Bournemouths West Cliff after a fire in a beach hut that has spread to nearby beach huts and is moving up the cliff."
“There is a barrier for public safety. We help with the barrier. & # 39;
The coastal city is one of the most popular coastal locations in the country and today attracted hundreds of people.
Ross Millen of Bournemouth Echo tweeted: “Much of the cliff between Bournemouth Pier and Branksome Beach caught fire.
All local emergency services and the beach section closest to the fire were evacuated.
"Locals said they smelled smoke from the city center for the first time about 45 minutes ago."
Thick black smoke rises into the sky while beachgoers watch in horror
Dramatic pictures show an inferno tearing down a steep tree bench next to the sand