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New hotel goes up in flames

A newly built hotel was burnt to the ground shortly after it opened its doors to guests in Wolfthal in Bruck an der Leitha yesterday (Mon).

It took more than 180 fire fighters several hours to bring the blaze under control after strong winds spread the fire quickly which had apparently started in a boiler room.

The hotel's owner said that the cause of the blaze was a mystery as the hotel was heated using hot water pumped in from outside the building.

The fire quickly spread from the boiler room to the roof where it then spread to the rest of the property.

Experts said that the building was now uninhabitable and the 10 guests booked in moved to emergency location elsewhere in the region.

The hotel owner Pamela Kurtschak added: "We have lost everything – we have to wait now to see what the insurance experts say about the cause of the fire. But we're only glad that nobody was hurt – that's the main thing."

The hotel used to be a restaurant and was only recently expanded so that it was also offering guests the opportunity to stay overnight.

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