Firefighters have extinguished a fire in Liverpool city centre, allowing some hotel residents to go back into their rooms. Just after 8.30 pm today, a fire was reported at the Tune Hotel on Castle Street, according to Merseyside Fire and Rescue. The police force says the fire was on the second floor of the building and firefighters remain at the scene. The fire was put out by 8.59pm.
A spokesperson for Merseyside and Rescue service said: "Firefighters are currently in attendance at a fire in a hotel on Castle Street, Liverpool City Centre.
"Crews were alerted at 8:33 pm and on scene at 8:38 pm. Three fire engines are in attendance.Link
"On arrival crews found a fire on the second floor of the hotel. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the premises under rapid deployment. The fire had been extinguished by 8:59 pm.
"A full evacuation of the hotel has taken place. One person was rescued by firefighters and is receiving first aid on scene. All other persons have been accounted for."
The spokesperson added: "North West Ambulance Service and Merseyside Police are also in attendance. An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.
"Please avoid the area."
Emergency services reportedly scrambled to cross the road due to bollards, a witness told Liverpool Echo. Other witnesses reported a "bad smell of smoke" and the fire alarm going off for "15 minutes".
A person was rescued and given first aid at the scene. Now that the fire has been extinguished, people are being let back in.
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Enya O'Donnell, Charlotte Higgins and Courtney Jade told the ECHO: "We were on the fourth floor then the fire alarm was on for 15 minutes. We've stayed here before so we just thought someone was having a ciggy but it wasn't stopping.
"In the staircase, it stunk of proper fire. We're having a little girl's night, just staying in and ordering food, but we're now freezing in the street. It's quite frustrating but all you can do is wait."
Jack Vernon, who had travelled to Liverpool with his partner from Stoke for the Disney on Ice show at the M&S Bank Arena, told the publication: "We heard the fire alarm then nothing else. We're staying on the first floor. We've not been told anything since we were evacuated. We asked a policewoman but she said it could be one or two hours before we get back in."
An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.
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