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Suspected arson attack ravages Hockley Heath's Aylesbury House Hotel

Solihull Editorial 22nd Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN UNEXPLAINED fire has ravaged the derelict Aylesbury House Hotel in Hockley Heath overnight.

Six crews from across the region were needed to control the blaze at the site off Alesbury Road following an emergency call at around 9pm last night (Wednesday).

A spokesperson from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival crews confirmed the building was well alight and requested another four fire engines, these attended from Billesley, Coleshill, Alcester and Stratford.

“The derelict property was fully involved in fire, crews were using main jets and ground monitors to extinguish the fire.

“Two crews are still dealing with the fire at this time and we expect to be in attendance throughout the day.”

Aylesbury House Hotel has recently been acquired by Spitfire Homes and a planning application has been submitted to convert the Grade II listed building into luxury apartments with a number of additional luxury homes across the remainder of the site.

* The cause of the blaze is still unknown but Warwickshire Arson Team will be visiting the site today as there was no power to the building and from first inspections there seem to be ‘no explanation to how the fire could have started’.