A reported 150 guests had to be evacuated from a hotel in Cambridge after a fire threatened to burn the building down.

Bbc.co.uk says emergency services were called at the De Vere University Arms Hotel near Parker’s Piece at around 6am after a fire started on the top floor.

Crews from Cambridge, Suffolk and Hertfordshire were alerted to the incident, which required attention from more than 60 firefighters.

No fewer than 12 trucks arrived at the scene, which supplied breathing apparatus, jets and hose reels for containing the fire. Once the blaze inside the building and on the roof had been put out, the team also used thermal imaging cameras to check whether any other areas were still affected.

Cited by sky.com, a representative from Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service said it will look into the cause of the fire once the building is deemed safe.

This is just one of the many headline-hitting incidents involving commercial buildings and fire in recent months, further highlighting the need for companies to carry out fire risk assessments on their properties to identify and address any hazards.

The historic Victorian building has taken in many high-profile guests over the years, including the Beatles and the Krays, but is expected to remain shut while the investigation is under way.