Demolition work on the burnt out section of the Royal Albion hotel has continued after a second fire at the building.

Engineers have been making steady progress on the building’s west wing which went up in flames last Saturday, exactly a week ago.

Firefighters were called back to the hotel, which is in Grand Junction Road, Brighton, yesterday morning after reports of a second fire in a “new section” of the building.

Crews smashed windows before spraying water into first and third floor of the Grade II* listed building, while an internal search by firefighters was also conducted.

The Argus: Steady progress is being made on the Royal Albion hotelSteady progress is being made on the Royal Albion hotel (Image: The Argus)

Large crowds have been watching the work take place this morning on Brighton seafront.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: “There have been further fires and additional collapses which are delaying the demolition process at the Royal Albion Hotel.

“The situation is constantly changing which is making it difficult to assess how long demolition will take.

“Our priority continues to be safety.

The Argus: Crowds watch the demolition on a busy Saturday morning one week on from the fireCrowds watch the demolition on a busy Saturday morning one week on from the fire (Image: The Argus)

“Barriers have been placed around the hotel to ensure a safe perimeter. Our on-site contractor will use a water suppression system during the works to minimise any dust that may be present and will continually assess the risk.

“If residents or businesses in the area notice any dust or smoke in the air, please keep windows and doors closed.”

Council leader, Councillor Bella Sankey, said: "My heartfelt thanks continues to go to everyone working hard to respond to the aftermath of this terrible fire. 

"I'm sorry that the demolition and road closures will cause noise and travel disruption. This essential work needs to take place to ensure public safety. 

"'I want to thank residents, visitors and businesses for their patience while we work to demolish the building. The teams involved are working hard to complete this work as quickly as possible and minimise disruption.

“If nearby residents displaced by the fire need advice on accommodation, please get in touch with our housing team by emailing or calling 01273 294 400 (option one).”