POLICE are appealing for information after a major fire broke out at a derelict hotel in Sandown last night (Saturday).

Police officers, eight fire appliances and two aerial ladder platforms were called to the scene on Sandown Esplanade, at around 8.30pm.

The fire was so severe, residents were told to close their windows and doors, and there was a fear it might spread to neighbouring properties.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Picture by Sandown resident, Stephen Sheaf.

Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire within the building and keep it under control.

A large area of the town was closed off, and police remain onsite this morning (Sunday).

Now, in the aftermath of the incident, police are appealing for witnesses.

They have confirmed no one was injured, and an investigation into the source of the fire is ongoing.

Isle of Wight County Press:

A spokesperson for Isle of Wight Police said: "If you saw anything that could assist us, please call 101 and quote reference number 44210177386.

"We would like to say thank you to the public and press, who were supportive and understanding as we closed off large areas of the town to create safe working space for the fire service and ensure the public remained safe from the fallout of smoke."