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Guests flee Travelodge blaze in Docklands

PUBLISHED: 14:33 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

HUNDREDS of guests fled from a burning hotel on Tuesday night after the building was set alight late at night. Around 300 people had to be evacuated from Docklands Travelodge in Coriander Avenue in Poplar at 10.30pm, after a fire tore through a room in

HUNDREDS of guests fled from a burning hotel on Tuesday night after the building was set alight late at night.

Around 300 people had to be evacuated from Docklands Travelodge in Coriander Avenue in Poplar at 10.30pm, after a fire tore through a room in the ground floor of the four-floor building.

Police are treating the blaze as arson but the investigation is still ongoing.

Firefighters battled with the flames for nearly two hours and one guest had to be treated by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

A Travelodge spokeswoman said: "Guests were evacuated while the fire brigade was called out.

"No one was injured and they were told they could go back into the building 20 minutes later.

"The investigation is still going on and we are helping the police with their investigation."

A police spokeswoman said: "This is being treated as Arson.

"No arrests have been made at this stage.

"At present this investigation is ongoing and enquiries are continuing.

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