More than 100 firefighters tackle blaze at derelict hotel in Bournemouth

The four-storey building has been completely destroyed. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

More than 100 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a derelict hotel in Bournemouth.

Crews were called to Gervis Road just before 11.30pm on Wednesday (September 23).

The four-storey building has been completely destroyed.

This aerial photo shows the extent of the damage at the hotel. Credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Meanwhile, two neighbouring hotels were evacuated, with guests taken to other hotels for the night.

Some of the fire spread to the roof of one building, but crews quickly brought that under control.

Crews were called to the blaze on Wednesday night. Credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

It is still not clear what caused the fire but crews are continuing to investigate.

The fire service is making regular re-inspections on site to check for any hotspots within the remains of the building.  

Credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Dorset Police is asking for anyone who may have information about the fire to get in touch.

A drone will be flown over the building on Friday to help officers with the investigation.


Due to scale and severity of the fire, we have been unable to assess the scene with fire investigators to ascertain the cause of the fire and we are not expected to be able to gain access until next week.

Detective Chief Inspector Gavin House, Bournemouth CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200143942.

Alternatively, the public can anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.