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Blaze at Boscombe's Cliff End hotel
9:12am Thursday 27th December 2012 in News
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- The Cliff End hotel, which has been causing residents concern for several years, was on fire for around two hours this morning.
- The fire was centred around the central part of the building and 30 firefighters attended the blaze.
- Manor Road was cordoned off and a barrier was erected to keep the public back.
- A lightning strike is believed to be the most likely cause of the fire
- Another fire occured at Lytchett Minster School this morning. Lightning is also believed to be the most likely cause of the blaze.
We think that's all the updates we're going to get for now, but we'll keep the blog open overnight just in case. Thanks for following our coverage.
The fire at the Cliff End was one of three blazes that occured across Dorset this morning.
We've already mentioned the blaze at Lytchett Minster School, but there was also a fire at Spire Hill Farm in North Dorset, which you can find out about here
The most likely cause of the three fires is believed to be lightning strike.
The latest update on the fire at the Cliff End hotel from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service:
We do not now believe that anyone was inside the property. Lightning strike has also not been ruled out for this incident but a full investigation will take place when it is safe to do so.
Another picture taken by Jon Beal earlier today at the derelict hotel
Earlier we spoke to neighbour Rod Pound about the hotel, he said:
“It was an eye-sore before and it is an eye-sore now”
“No one seems to want to do anything with it.
“But the firefighters down there have done a brilliant job, they are heroes.”
Here's that footage we mentioned earlier filmed by John Elborn, who saw the entire thing from his flat:
Echo photographer Jon Beal took this photo of the damaged roof:
We'll have some video footage by neighbour John Elborn online for you very shortly
Neighbour John Elborn, 67, of Manor Road, told us how he saw the lightning strike from the window of his flat.
“There was no rain, just a bit flash of lightning and then a huge burst of thunder, it was odd,” he said.
“But the fire didn’t break out straight away, I only came back to the window when my wife spotted the hotel roof was on fire and took a few pictures.
“To be honest I thought it was good news as the building is an eye-sore and a blight on the neighbourhood.”
Fire incident manager Karen Adams has confirmed that the cause of the blaze, which has destroyed the roof in the main building of the hotel, is believed to have been a lightning strike.
She said six fire crews used five hose reel jets and an aerial platform to extinguish the fire by about 8.15am.
“There was no one in the building when we arrived and there is quite a lot of damage, and this building has been derelict for a number of years, so it is hard to say how it happened,” she said.
“When the main fire was put out using the platform the crews went into the building using breathing apparatus. They are dealing with the remaining hot spots.”
A lightning stike is also believed to be the cause of the fire at Lytchett Minster School, which firefighters are still dealing with.
Firefighters are still at the scene but the fire is now out. We'll keep you posted with more updates as we get them.
We've just been finding out from our reporter Will Frampton what the current situation is. Will says the fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike at around 6am this morning.
Our traffic feed is reporting Christchurch Road has reopened but Manor Road is closed and Derby Road is still affected.
Here's some video Corin took of the fire, which began at around 6am.
Echo photographer Corin Messer took this picture of firefighters attending to the blaze earlier this morning
The fire was centred around the central part of the building. Manor Road has been cordoned off and a barrier has been erected to keep the public back.
We'll have a video online for you very shortly
Boscombe's derelict Cliff End hotel was ablaze this morning. This is the first of two fires to occur in Dorset overnight. Around 50 firefighters are currently attending a blaze at Lytchett Minster School. You can follow our live coverage here