Hollyoaks is to lose several characters when a fire rages through the village.

The gripping plot will see the Il Gnosh restaurant go up in flames, before the fire spreads to the upstairs flat and the neighbouring buildings.

The storyline will spark a whodunit when police reveal the inferno was started by an arsonist.

The scenes will play out in the week beginning Monday, November 8.

The first four episodes will follow various characters in peril from the blaze, and Friday’s instalment will show the surviving inhabitants of the village wondering who has made it out alive.

Producer Paul Marquess said: “We’re remaining very tight-lipped on which characters will survive the fire but all I will say is that it will be shocking.

“The sets have been prepped to go up in flames and the cast and crew are excited to film these explosive scenes.”

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