POLICE and firefighters are working to determine the cause of a major fire at a derelict Isle of Wight hotel in the early hours of this morning (Saturday).

Fire crews from Sandown, Shanklin, Ryde, Newport, Cowes and Ventnor were all called to the scene at the Parkbury Hotel in Sandown, following a report of smoke issuing from the building just before 1am.

The road was closed for a time to allow access for emergency vehicles.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used jets, hose reel jets and an aerial ladder platform to tackle the flames on the second floor and roof space.

Fire crews began to leave the scene following a stop message at 5.30am.

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Fortunately, there were no casualties, confirmed the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

Police officers are providing a scene guard to allow for a joint fire and police investigation into the cause of the blaze.

It is not the first time a fire has broken out at the derelict hotel. 

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The last was in July, 2022. 

More recently than that, a shed fire broke out at the rear of the building in April, 2023. 

Both occasions saw a major Isle of Wight emergency response.