A fire has broken out at a hotel in Scotland with guests evacuated. Emergency services were called to the New County Hotel in County Place, Perth, at around 5am today.
The early morning blaze has sparked a shutdown of the city centre with a number of roads closed.
It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured in the fire.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Shortly before 5.10am on Monday, 2 January, 2023, police were called to a report of a fire at the New County Hotel, County Place, Perth. Emergency services are at the scene.
“A number of guests have been evacuated from the hotel. Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area.”
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently in attendance alongside emergency service partners at a commercial building fire at County Place in Perth.
“Operations Control mobilised nine fire appliances to the scene after the alarm was raised at 5.02am on Monday, January 2.”
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson “We received a call from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service of a fire at the New County Hotel in Fife at 5.05am.
We responded with 21 resources including our Special Operation Resource Team, with our first resource on scene at 5.12am.
Perth and Kinross Council said a number of roads in the area had been closed.
The local authority announced the road closures on Twitter, saying they were “due to an ongoing incident”.
It added: “Be aware that traffic in the surrounding area is also likely to be impacted as well as public transport routes. Please avoid the area if you can.”
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