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



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  1. toastiedeals

    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

    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

    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.

  4. 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

      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

    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

    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.


      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

    • Bet you they do!

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