“More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel, at Gyllyngvase in Falmouth which started just after 12:00 BST.
Staff and guests, including Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, were moved to safety and a neighbouring hotel was evacuated.
Strong winds fanned the flames, allowing the fire to spread and causing the roof to collapse. No-one was hurt.
Three guests are unaccounted for, but it is believed they were on day trips and not in the hotel when the fire started.” – BBCMore here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-17897467
Update 3rd May 2012:
Fire was an accident
“A HOT tar barrel and a blow-torch could be at the root of a devastating fire which ripped through one of Falmouth’s premier hotels on Monday.
Early indications point to an accident by maintenance workers on the flat roof of the main Falmouth Beach Hotel building as the likely cause.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Detective Chief Inspector John Trott said: “We have a reasonable understanding of why we think it has happened.
“We are happy it was an accident – there certainly does not appear to have been any suspicious activity.”- Cornwall Local News