Savoy Hotel Fire: 22 Fire-fighters Still On The Scene

Monday 12th December 2011 | By Filed under: Fire, Isle of Wight News, Sandown

Fire-fighters worked through the night to take control of the fire at the old Savoy Hotel in Sandown.

Savoy aftermathUnable to enter the building, after the Building Inspector declared the building structurally unsafe, fire-fighters had to fight the flames from outside and above, using the long ladders.

Fire control told VB this morning that there were still four pumps attending at 8am with 22 firemen on the scene.

Roof collapsed at 1.30am
Manager of The Tap public house, which was directly opposite the fire, told us that although the fire seemed to be under control by 12.20am, the roof collapsed at around 1.30am which sparked lots of activity once again.

Savoy Hotel fire

At 2.47am Amanda Barsdell told us through Facebook that, “They still trying to get it under control, loads smoke.”

Thanks to VB reader, Eric Lawson, for sending through a photo from the aftermath this morning.

Thanks also to VB contributer, Kyle Newton, who sent VB this video he shot last night.


  1. toastiedeals's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    they have been trying to burn this building down for years now. Looks like it will be pulled down and developed into more private flats finally!

    Doesent mr toogood look like the new jay lol. he loves it

  2. Bus Driver's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    Went through Sandown a couple of hours ago and diversion was still in place. You could still see smoke comming from the roof!

    • Kyle's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

      Yeah I live round the corner and it’s still smoking.

      • No.5's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

        Fire is officially out….but no access will be granted until surveyors finish…tomorrow at the earliest

  3. spitandsawdust's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

    What a pity as this is quite a nice looking building. I remember there was a Bierkeller in basement years ago. Would be a shame if it was knocked down.

    • No.5's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

      what do I prefer for the next 10 years…a deleict building or a building site.

      This will now be demolished as structually unsound

      • Bus Driver's comment is rated +5 Vote +1 Vote -1

        Well it’s been derelict for about 10 years (or more) and a propper eye sore to the town so what ever happens surely can only be a good thing?

        • No.5's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

          yep…knock it down and build something new….then let Wight City redevelop

      • Bruno Weisler's comment is rated +6 Vote +1 Vote -1

        you sound very confident of what will happen….you work for mr spiker ?

        • No.5's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

          no…but with the council unable or unwilling to sort out this eyesore and source of numerous complaints, then I’ll be happy when it is redeveloped even if it is into flats.

          Too many of these buildings are left because of restrictions of change of use

          • Bruno Weisler's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

            HI there is not a need for a change of use on this as its already flats…just so you know.

  4. Chris's comment is rated +5 Vote +1 Vote -1

    Such a nice building, if the owner couldnt afford to restore it the council should have CPO’d it but fat chance of that i suppose…

    • Bruno Weisler's comment is rated +7 Vote +1 Vote -1

      chris the local and county council is far too shoddy in its planning consents in sandown to have suceeded with the owner and he owns lots of other derelict or semi derelict buildings – its in an area of conservation now so lets hope spiker is forced to restore it.

  5. Reg Gierson's comment is rated +6 Vote +1 Vote -1

    Handy things, fires! Yet another derelict building gone, to free up a valuable building site.
    I wonder when the Royal York in Ryde is going to burn – the windows are slowly going.

  6. Bruno Weisler's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    2nd time in a year the empty building catches fire…are the police going to investigate an arson or insurance job ? bet you they dont.

    • PAUL MULLERY's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

      If the building is empty, it is more likely to be arson through vandalism rather than insurance money. Usually businesses suffer “unfortunate?” fires when they are trading at a loss. The owner then recoups the cash for the lost (unsaleable) stock. If The building was empty then the owner might have had a chance of selling it for other purposes. On the other hand,if such empty premises are charged minimal business rates and insurance this may be a factor


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