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

There are 22 fire-fighters still on the scene of the old Savoy Hotel fire. Fire control confirm that no-one was injured and that crew had to fight the fire from outside and above due to the instability of the building.

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.

Monday, 12th December, 2011 8:15am



Filed under: Fire, Isle of Wight News, Sandown

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

    12.Dec.2011 9:53am

    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

    12.Dec.2011 1:40pm

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

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

    12.Dec.2011 3:35pm

    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

      12.Dec.2011 3:50pm

      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

        12.Dec.2011 4:20pm

        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?

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

        13.Dec.2011 1:53am

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

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

          13.Dec.2011 3:46pm

          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

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

    12.Dec.2011 6:26pm

    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

      13.Dec.2011 1:58am

      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

    12.Dec.2011 11:16pm

    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

    13.Dec.2011 1:54am

    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

      13.Dec.2011 8:43am

      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

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

      13.Dec.2011 3:43pm

      Bet you they do!


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