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Huge fire rips through boatyard in Cornwall

Huge fire rips through boatyard in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:53am 5th April 2017. (Updated at 3:31pm 5th April 2017)

Crews have spent the night battling a huge fire at a boatyard in south-east Cornwall.

Firefighters from Torpoint and Saltash called in back-up from across the Tamar, amid fears it would spread to other boats at Millbrook.

At its height, six teams were dousing the flames that also engulfed an outbuilding at Southdown Marina.

The blaze broke out just after 8pm on Tuesday night.

By 11.30pm, one team was left damping down and checking for hotspots.

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A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "On receipt of this call stating that a boat was on fire within the yard, appliances from Torpoint and Saltash were mobilised, on arrival the crew found one boat well alight also an outbuilding. A further resource was requested and a further appliance from Saltash attended.

"At 21:01pm hours a message was received that the fire in the boat measuring 5m by 3m had involved a structure measuring 15m by 3m and was at risk of spreading to involve further boats. A further appliance was requested and an appliance from Devon & Somerset attended.

"Currently there are teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus committed at the scene. Three main jets are in use, two high pressure hosereel jets and ground monitors which are being used to cool the surrounding area. The Operational Support Vehicle from St. Austell and the Welfare Vehicle from St. Dennis are also in attendance".

At 10.30pm they added: "The fire has now been extinguished, crews are damping down hot spots and turning over the area.

"The incident has now been downscaled and resources are returning to their home stations. Torpoint resources remain damping down and turning over at this time".

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