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8:49am 14th October 2014
(Updated 8:49am 14th October 2014)

A family have escaped unhurt after a big fire aboard a house boat in Torpoint.

At its height forty firefighters were battling the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Back up was called in from Saltash, Liskeard and St Austell just after midnight.

Crews found the fifty-five foot vessel well alight, moored up at the pontoon.

Teams wearing breathing gear have spent seven hours fighting back the flames.

It is thought to have started in a woodburner.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters from Torpoint, Saltash and Liskeard alongside water rescue units and support vehicles from St Austell are currently in attendance at a boat fire.

"Approximately 40 personnel are dealing with a 55 foot vessel well alight moored on a pontoon. Two breathing apparatus are committed at this stage. Ambulance and police are also in attendance."

One man has been treated for burns to his hand and for breathing in smoke but all three people onboard got off safely.

By 7am firecrews said they had got the fire out - but were still damping down.

8:49am 14th October 2014

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