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Boat blaze reported at Sheerness docks

By John Nurden

Fire crews from across Kent raced to Sheerness docks today after a report that a ship was on fire.

But they were stood down after it was discovered the blaze was only part of the cargo on the quayside.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue said: "We have put it down to a false alarm.

Fire crews were sent to the scene. Stock image
Fire crews were sent to the scene. Stock image

"There was an initial report that there was a fire on board a ship berthed at the port so we provided a full response.

"But it was a lot smaller than we thought and so the extra crews and an inshore boat were stood down."

In the end, only one fire engine was needed to put out the blaze which is believed to have been in scrap metal.

The quayside at Sheerness docks. File photo.
The quayside at Sheerness docks. File photo.

The 999 call was made at 2.23pm. The fire was out within 30 minutes.

Many residents reported seeing a convoy of three fire engines racing along the Sheppey Way and then Brielle Way towards the docks.

Entrance to Sheerness docks
Entrance to Sheerness docks

A spokesman for Peel Ports said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to the port following the discovery of an LPG gas cylinder in a consignment of scrap metal.

"The cylinder had been punctured and was leaking gas.

"Fire crews attended as a precautionary measure and oversaw the discharging of the gas, which was completed safely and without incident.

"The safety of all persons working on the port is always our primary priority. We would like to thank Kent Fire and Rescue for their swift response and assistance in ensuring that this incident was dealt with safely."

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