UPDATE 1: We’re hearing new acton completely on fire. Will check.
UPDATE 2: As you can see the Hotel Diamant is really blazing away. More as soon as we know.
UPDATE 3: Fire brigade believe they’ve got it under control.
UPDATE 4: We’re hearing the fire started in the roof above the hotel restaurant.
UPDATE 5: This tweet in from Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell:
Ambos on scene but no one treated for injuries at this stage, surrounding apartments evacuated. Fire operations to cont o/night
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ACT Fire Brigade on scene at a fire at Diamant Hotel site on Marcus Clarke street, Acton.
Update to follow.
4:50pm Thursday 23 June 2011
ACT Fire Brigade on scene with multiple resources working to bring the fire under control.
ACT Fire Brigade believe everyone has been safely evacuated at this stage.
5:15pm Thursday 23 June 2011
Hotel was well alight on arrival by ACT Fire Brigade.
Fire has been knocked down and under control.
Building has significant fire damage.
Nearby buildings have been evacuated.
Fire spread to adjacent buildings has been contained.
Fire operations expected to continue overnight.
Five pumpers, the Bronto Skylift Hydraulic Platform, the specialist Breathing Apparatus unit and command vehicles on scene.
ACT Ambulance Service also on scene as support with no patients treated.
6:10pm Thursday 23 June 2011
The ACT Fire Brigade completed atmospheric monitoring in nearby buildings with residents allowed back inside at around 9:30pm.
Fire crews will remain on site overnight continuing to dampen down the fire and monitor for any hot spots.
ACT State Emergency Service also providing support on scene with lighting towers.
6:53pm Thursday 23 June 2011 – Update four on fire at Diamant Hotel site Residents of nearby buildings remain evacuated as firefighters continue to work on completely extinguish the fire.
Firefighters will undertake atmospheric monitoring to ensure it is safe before the all clear is given for people to return inside.
10:37pm Thursday 23 June 2011
Video from the other side of the lake as posted by bencapod (thanks RiotFrog)