Fightfighters wearing breathing apparatus have stormed a historic pub in Rye, East Sussex after a fire broke out in the roof.
The cause of the fire at award winning pub, the George, is not yet known.
Footage from the scene shows thick smoke billowing out from the roof of the pub while fire fighters rush to tackle the blaze.
Around 40 firefighters from Rye, Hastings, Broad Oak and Bexhill were called to the 18th century pub at around 4.40am.
It’s understood the fire started on the ground floor.
The High Street is closed to traffic.
A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “As of 7.30 crews continue to deal with a fire in the roof of the George In Rye hotel, High Street Rye.
“Eight fire appliances, including the Command Control Unit and Aerial Ladder Platform, are in attendance.
“Firefighters are using breathing apparatus to tackle the fire in the four-floor building and we are advising people to avoid the area.”
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