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Three saved from blazing hotel

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 07 July 2010

Firefighters rescued three people from a derelict Thetford hotel last night after the second blaze in a month.

People were reported to still be inside the former Anchor Hotel in Bridge Street when firefighters arrived shortly after 8pm.

Firefighters rescued three people from a derelict Thetford hotel last night after the second blaze in a month.

People were reported to still be inside the former Anchor Hotel in Bridge Street when firefighters arrived shortly after 8pm.

Crews extinguished a small fire in rubbish and accounted for one person.

Another person was reported missing, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the building, removing a further two people. The fire, which was extinguished by 8.34pm, had been started deliberately.

The hotel, made famous by television show Dad's Army, has been subjected to a number of arson attacks since it was closed and boarded up in 2006.

A month ago firefighters were called to the 18th century building after a small fire broke out in the bar area. Two men aged between 40 and 60 were rescued and were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

A police spokesman said it was believed the men had lit a fire to keep themselves warm and it was not being treated as malicious.

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