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Cottesmore Hotel express thanks for local support after ‘devastating’ fire

The Hotel, Golf & Country Club will be closed today after yesterday’s fire damaged 50% of the club house.

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A fire that quickly spread and damaged half of a large building at Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club yesterday (11 June) has left locals in shock.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service issued this statement today:

“The fire service was called to reports of a fire alarm at a country club in Buchan Hill at 17.03 yesterday afternoon. Two appliances mobilised and were met with a well-developed fire.

“They asked for a further 10 fire engines, several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers. The fire has damaged 50 per cent of a large building.

“Crews continued to tackle the fire and withdrew, due to worsening conditions.

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“Crews remain at the scene this morning damping down. A fire investigation is underway.”

Thankfully, there are no injuries.

Cottesmore Hotel have now spoken out about the incident via social media.

A spokesperson said via Twitter:

“Due to a devastating fire in the club house Cottesmore will be closed today. All the guests and staff are safe. Thank you for everyone’s support through this difficult time.”

It is not currently known how long the club is expected to be closed for but more information should come to light as investigations continue.

The Hotel is currently closed off at the entrance and staff are only allowing very limited access.

A further statement has been released by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service:

“An investigation is underway by firefighters after a blaze at a country club in Pease Pottage overnight.

“The call about the incident in Buchan Hill came in at 5.03pm yesterday afternoon (June 11), and two appliances from Crawley Fire Station were mobilised.

“On arrival, crews found the building well alight and requested further assistance.

“This led to ten fire engines being in attendance, along with several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers.

“It’s estimated that 50 per cent of the building was damaged by the fire.

“Everyone who had been in the building was accounted for and there were no reported injuries.”

Group Commander Richard Davy running the operation said:

“Our officers are remaining at the scene today damping down, while an investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

“I would like to thank our dedicated firefighters and teams who swiftly acted following the initial call about this incident, and have worked through the night to keep the fire contained.

“I would also like to thank the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and the management of the hotel for their full co-operation.”

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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