Six fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus have put out a 'small fire in a bedroom' in an empty residential care home, in Sandown.

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Smoke was seen coming from the building on Carter Street on Sunday afternoon, prompting a call to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, just after 4.30pm.

Crews from Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde were all on scene, along with the aerial ladder from Newport.

They used thermal imaging cameras and specialist kit to get rid of the smoke from the property, called Stonehaven.

They took around two hours to fight the fire.

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Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have also been on scene today (Sunday).

Carter Street was cordoned off, in the area of St John's Church.

This is not the first time that emergency crews have been called to the building. 

They were here in 2019, to fight a fire and the property has been the subject of reports of break-ins, since it closed.

In 2018, the Isle of Wight Council granted permission for alterations and a change of use, from residential care home to 16 self-contained flats.

The green light was also given for extensions at ground and first floor level and a replacement raised roof, to incorporate converted roof space.

In 2019, the building was listed as having sold (subject to contract), for £900,000 - down from an original asking price of £1.2million.

In August 2020, the Isle of Wight Council refused permission for what it called "substantial changes to the roof form and mass of the proposed building."

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