GALE force winds ripped a chimney and a third of the roof off a Newquay hotel last night, sending them crashing into the street below.
Luckily there were no pedestrians or motorists passing the Sutherland Hotel on Mount Wise at the time, and police and firefighters closed the road.
Sean Taylor, watch manager at Newquay Fire Station, said glass panels in the bar terrace area of the hotel had also been damaged by the falling debris and steel chimney flue.
His team were called to the scene at around 6.15pm.
He told the Cornish Guardian: “When we arrived it looked like a chimney flue had come off the side of the building along with a lot of roofing material which had smashed down onto the bar terrace and into the road.
“There was a high risk of injury to anyone walking along the road or driving and in conjunction with the police we decided to close a section of the road until tradesman came today to fix the roof.”
Firefighters assessed the damage from adjacent flats, and estimated around a third of the roof had been torn off, he said.
They returned this morning to inspect the premises, where roofers had been fixing protective sheeting over the roof.
Subsequent inspections also revealed the nearby Glendeveor Hotel had sustained damage to the roof.
“An area had become detached so the tradesmen were going to move on and fix that too,” Mr Taylor said.
The owners of the Sutherland Hotel chose not to comment on the damage caused to their roof.