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A fishing boat moored in a marina has been engulfed in flames after a huge explosion was heard.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the quayside in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.

Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack
Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack

Plumes of black smoke were seen billowing into the sky for miles.

The boat was moored on the all tide landing stage when it exploded into a ball of flame at around 6pm this evening.

Two fire crews and an ambulance are on the scene.

The blaze has since been put out by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

One person has been treated by paramedics at the scene for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Smoke billowing from the boat after it exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Dan Oliver
Smoke billowing from the boat after it exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Dan Oliver
Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack
Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack
Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack
Firefighters and boat owners desperately try to put the flames out of a vessel which exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Henry Slack

The 22ft (6.7 metre) vessel was well alight when firefighters arrived and used a main jet hose and light portable pump to extinguish the flames.

But about 80% of the vessel was destroyed by the fire.

The cause has not yet been established, the fire service said.

Firefighters tackling the boat blaze

Harbour director Geof Reed said: “We heard a boat exploded and called the emergency services. There was a column of smoke coming off it”

The Sheppey Coastguard team has now been allowed near the boat by the fire crews to check for damage to the all tide landing stage.

The boat was engulfed in flames after it exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Simon Fowle
The boat was engulfed in flames after it exploded at Queenborough marina. Picture: Simon Fowle
Two fire engines were sent to the scene after the explosion at about 6pm
Two fire engines were sent to the scene after the explosion at about 6pm

It is understood the boat’s owner is from Dartford and had been working on the engine earlier today.

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