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The Osborne View: Fire rips through three-story pub in Fareham as firefighters tackle blaze


  • An alarm was raised at the pub on Hill Head Road around 2.30am in the morning

A three-story pub in Fareham has been destroyed after a fire ripped through the Victorian building.

Roughly 50 firefighters have worked through the morning to tackle the blaze at The Osborne View on Hill Head Road after an alarm was raised just before 2.30am.

No guests were staying in the hotel and all staff have now been evacuated from the establishment. 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines and two water carriers were at work to put out the fire.

People are being advised to avoid the Hill Head Road area due to there being a large number of emergency vehicles. Residents are also being told to keep their windows shut due to the thick smoke.

A look at the attempts of the firefighters to put out the 'large fire' in the roof of the hotel

A look at the attempts of the firefighters to put out the ‘large fire’ in the roof of the hotel

Photographs of the three-storey pub show it has been left severely damaged by the inferno

Photographs of the three-storey pub show it has been left severely damaged by the inferno

The Osborne View is an upmarket pub and restaurant with a large garden that offers stunning views out across the Solent and towards the Isle of Wight.

Built in the Victorian era, it was a hotel until 1971 and regularly frequented by Sir Alf Ramsey – the manager who guided England to victory at the 1966 World Cup – during the 1960s.

Matt Kearsey, Managing Director at Hall & Woodhouse, which runs the pub, said: ‘A serious fire broke out at the Osborne View Hotel in Fareham in the early hours of this morning (Thursday February 22).

‘Thankfully, all team onsite evacuated before coming to any harm. The wellbeing of all those affected is our primary concern and we will be providing support and reassurance to all those who require it.

‘Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were quickly in attendance and are helping to bring the fire under control. I would like to pass on my deepest gratitude to the emergency crews for their swift action and bravery.

‘We will be supporting the emergency services fully in any forthcoming investigation into the cause of the fire.’



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