THIRTY people living close to a burning Newquay hotel have been evacuated from their homes as a precaution, police have confirmed.
Around 50 fire fighters are currently on scene, battling a blaze at the derelict Cedars Hotel – and police have declared it a "major incident".
The fire broke out at the hotel, on the corner of Mount Wise and St George's Road, at about 4.30pm.
No one has been injured as a result of the blaze, emergency services have said.
A police spokesman said this evening: "At this time the fire is still burning and the hotel has been evacuated.
"A number of local residents surrounding the hotel have been evacuated as a precaution.
"The Cornwall Council Emergency Planning officer has opened a local rest centre for approximately 30 displaced residents.
"At this time there have been no reports of any injuries.
"The police have declared this as a major incident."
Neighbouring residents have been advised to keep windows and doors closed as smoke pours out into the sky.
The hotel has been earmarked for demolition and eventual redevelopment. It is regarded locally as one of the town's worst eyesores and has been the scene of flytipping incidents in the past.
New site owners, The Verto Group, have outlined plans to build 13 town houses on the site.