Investigators probe hotel fire wreckage

PUBLISHED: 12:05 27 June 2011 | UPDATED: 12:15 27 June 2011

Bob Paynter's picture shows how fire ripped through the roof of The Bayside Hotel.

Bob Paynter's picture shows how fire ripped through the roof of The Bayside Hotel.

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FIRE investigators are today (Mon) continuing to sift through the wreckage of Weston's Bayside Hotel as they try to pinpoint the cause of Saturday night's blaze.

Emergency teams were called to the Upper Church Road hotel shortly after 10.30pm on Saturday night.

Crews from eight fire appliances worked throughout the night to contain a fire which had already taken a firm hold of the derelict site’s upper floors.

Crowds of onlookers gathered to watch the battle to save the once-proud building, and police established a 50-metre cordon to keep people safe.

At the peak of the fire, smoke could be seen and smelled as far inland as Weston’s Milton area.

Expert investigators were on the scene throughout yesterday (Sun) as damping down continued, but no definite cause has yet been identified.

However, just three weeks ago, teams from Avon Fire & Rescue were called to the same hotel to tackle a small-scale blaze believed to have been started by people squatting in the 32-bedroom hotel.

The Bayside is the second former hotel on Weston seafront to fall victim to fire in the past 12 months.

The Royal Pier Hotel, in Birnbeck Road, was destroyed last October and its ruins demolished shortly afterwards.

* For more on the fire at The Bayside Hotel, click on the links on the top right hand side of this page.

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