People evacuated after fire engulfs floor of luxury £20m Hilton hotel

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Twenty people have been evacuated from a hotel after an early morning blaze.

Fire crews were called to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Hanley, Staffordshire, at 4.30am on Sunday morning.

Six crews – plus an aerial ladder platform – headed to the scene after the fire was reported to have broken out on the fifth floor.

The hotel is on the Smithfield development and has eight storeys.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed the road into the hotel, Leonard Coates Way, was closed for a short time after the incident was reported but has since been reopened by the authorities.

The £20million hotel only recently opened and boasts 140 bedrooms, a bar, a restaurant, a snack shop and an on-site gym.

Potential customers can book rooms at the hotel from £77 per night. The hotel also provides meeting rooms for events and conferences.

Fire crews used breathing apparatus as they extinguished the blaze and an investigation into the cause is now underway.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue wrote on Twitter: "Six crews – plus the aerial ladder platform from Longton – have this morning been responding to reports of a fire at a hotel on Leonard Coates Way, Hanley.

"Firefighters were called to the Hilton Garden Inn at around 4.30am after a fire had been discovered on the fifth floor.

"Approximately 20 people were evacuated whilst crews, using breathing apparatus, extinguished the fire shortly before 5.30am.

"An investigation into the cause is now underway and the road has begun to be reopened."

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