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Northern Irish tourists caught up in fire at Florida holiday resort after lightning strike

By Claire Cromie

Holidaymakers from Northern Ireland have escaped injury after a fire destroyed part of a hotel in Florida.

It is believed a lightning strike sparked the blaze at the Avanti International Resort in Orlando on Sunday night.

About 500 rooms were evacuated when the fire broke out on the fourth floor.

Tourists from Northern Ireland and the Republic were staying at the hotel - no one is understood to have been injured.

The hotel posted a message thanking those who were concerned to its Facebook page this morning, adding: "The hotel is open and operational. The subject building has been secured."

The fire followed a thunderstorm that delayed fireworks at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park on Friday night.

Visitors waiting for fireworks to begin in the theme park experienced a different kind of light show when lightning strikes illuminated the sky directly above Cinderella’s Castle.

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