The Itegue Taitu Hotel in Addis Ababa, made famous by Evelyn Waugh’s novel, has been badly damaged by fire
The historic hotel in the Ethiopian capital made famous as the setting for Evelyn Waugh’s 1938 satirical novel “Scoop” has been badly damaged by fire.
A blaze swept through the Itegue Taitu Hotel in Addis Ababa, built in the early 1900s and one of the oldest buildings in the city, late on Saturday.
“Within a few minutes the whole place was alight and smoke was coming out the eaves,” said Clem Clemson, a British tourist, on Sunday, as fire brigades doused the smouldering remains of the hotel.
“It took about 10 minutes for the fire brigade to turn up, but it was really gone by that time.”
Scoop, by British writer Waugh, told the story of hapless foreign correspondent William Boot, mistakenly sent to cover the invasion of the country.
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