The owners of the Tarvic2 and St Mortiz hotels in Sandown are this morning (Monday) counting the costs of a devastating fire that ripped through both properties yesterday, leaving very little to salvage.
Firefighters have remained on scene throughout the night as part of their continued efforts to damp down the charred remains of the hotels on Culver Parade. However, the stop message has now been received bringing the 13 hour battle to an end.
The blaze started in a space between the 2 hotels and affected old furniture and general waste in a make-shift compound. Sadly, the flames quickly spread before engulfing both buildings.
At it’s height the incident resulted in the attendance of 8 fire engines, 2 aerial platforms, the Incident Command Unit, the South Central Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Police.
A total of 18 breathing apparatus were used to tackle the fire with firefighters armed with 7 hose reels and 9 main jets.
Investigation work by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is expected to continue this morning in an effort to determine the exact cause of the fire, which has left a big question mark over the future of the hotels, their staff and what’s next for the guests who have lost all of their holiday possessions.
Those who were evacuated yesterday morning were last night housed in the nearby Sandringham Hotel with the assistance of the Isle of Wight Council’s Emergency Planning team.
Community spirit was key to yesterday’s firefighting efforts with local bars and hotels rallying around to supply emergency services with refreshments.
Councillor Debbie Andre has said:
“An incident like this really highlights how much we need to ensure that our fire service is fully staffed. However, I was at the scene and genuinely impressed by the way in which the incident was managed and all of the services worked together, including the emergency planning team from the IOW Council”.
Culver Parade remains closed but is expected to re-open later today once fire crews have left the scene.