A huge fire has devoured Britain’s famous Claremont Hotel, the floors were evacuated after the blaze started at about 08:50 GMT.
Around sixty Firefighters went to the incident site, where the hotel is located in front of the Eastbourne Pier and the sprinklers from the sea used to pump the largest amount of water on the burning hotel.
The police confirmed that the building was evacuated completely of people and is now extinguishing the fire.
Six people have been treated for minor injuries, with one taken to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties, the ambulance service said.
Fire service spokesman said the fire had been brought under control and the fire service was “scaling back the operation”.
Eastbourne hotelier Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who owned the Claremont for nine years until 2016, said it was “very sad and very shocking”.
He said: “I had done lots of work on this building. I spent nearly £1 m on refurbishments”.