Police have arrested two men on suspicion of arson after a fire broke out at a hotel in Cumbria.
Fire crews rescued an 82-year-old woman from the blaze at the Cumberland hotel, in Workington, after they were called to the scene at just after 21:15 on Friday evening.
Local newspaper the Times & Star reported that two fires had been started on either side of a fire break on the first floor.
The hotel, which underwent a £300,000 renovation last year, suffered extensive damage.
Two local men aged 41 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
James McTear, owner of Hotel Management, the firm that runs the hotel, told the paper: "I was in Tesco at the time and rushed back. I went straight to the kitchen, presuming that was where any fire would be. It wasn't so I ran up the stairs and saw the flames. The carpet and chairs were on fire on the first floor. I couldn't believe it.
"I have been in the hotel trade for 26 years and I have never had anything like this. It's awful. I am very upset about the whole situation."
By Neil Gerrard
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