Hotel fire cause ‘unknown’

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 June 2011

Crews battle to contain the flames. Picture by Colin Payne.

Crews battle to contain the flames. Picture by Colin Payne.

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EXPERT investigators have been unable to pinpoint the cause of the fire which gutted Weston’s Bayside Hotel – because the damage is too severe.

Such was the ferocity of the blaze, which burned from Saturday night through the small hours of Sunday, there is not enough left to deliver a firm verdict on how it started.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service today (Weds) confirmed to the Mercury that the official cause will instead be logged as ‘unknown’.

A added: “The damage is extensive, and the building is not structurally sound enough to carry out a full investigation.”

Because of fears over the structural integrity of the remains, roads around the hotel remain closed to protect passers-by from falling debris.

Planning experts at North Somerset Council will now be called in to assess the remains, and make a decision over whether the shell of the building can be saved.

However, it seems likely that the Bayside Hotel will meet the same fate as the former Royal Pier Hotel in Birnbeck Road, which was gutted by fire last October and demolished days later.

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