Fire crews tackled a blaze at The George in Rye which broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Around eight fire engines and 40 firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at 4.53am on Saturday, after a fire broke out in the roof of the 16th century, 46-bedroom hotel.
Nobody was hurt and all guests were evacuated to safety, including a wedding party of more than 20. The wedding of Sarah Hopkinson and Neil Speller, due to be held at The George the next day, was forced to be cancelled.
The fire report said that the fire quickly spread through hidden cavities and took hold in the roof void, with the crews carrying out ‘significant salvage operations’ to save as many of the guest’s belongings as possible, including the bride’s wedding dress.
Incident Commander Dan Channon said: “This was a challenging incident due to the complex nature of this old building in a confined part of the town.
“Crews had to work extremely hard in arduous conditions, using breathing apparatus, to bring the fire under control and prevent it from spreading to other properties.”
The cause of the fire is now being investigated.
The George at Rye, which has been owned by Alex and Katie Clarke since 2004, tweeted its gratitude to the support it had received since the incident.
“@TheGeorgeAtRye We are overwhelmed by the incredible support received from the local community following a fire at the Hotel in the early hours of this morning. East Sussex Fire Service were on site within 5 minutes and everyone was evacuated safely and nobody was hurt.”