Fire forced evacuations

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At least 80 Norwegians were among those evacuated when fire broke out inside a hotel in the popular and low-cost resort area of Sunny Beach in Bulgaria over the weekend. No injuries were reported.

The fire emptied and heavily damaged the Hotel Neptune, which Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported was especially popular with young people. Witnesses reported “enormous flames” that spread quickly, and that a hotel restaurant was gutted.

The hotel, located in the resort area northeast of Burgas, has been used by Scandinavian charter tour companies Ving, Apollo and Star Tour. Apollo officials reported they had around 80 customers staying at the hotel this week, but that all 80 Norwegians were among those evacuated. “We’re working to find them an alternative hotel, Helen Begby of Apollo told NRK.

The fire is believed to have started in a hotel kitchen. Begby said Apollo had no information on the cause of the fire. “The most important thing is that no one was hurt,” she told NRK. staff