Sunday, February 19, 2017
Retired Royal Navy minesweeper gutted in huge blaze

Retired Royal Navy minesweeper gutted in huge blaze

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@LondonFire /. 12 fire engines & 81 firefighters dealing with boat on fire on #Deptford Creek.

 

A retired Royal Navy minesweeper permanently moored in Deptford was gutted by a huge blaze which also spread to a neighbouring houseboat.

Twelve fire engines and 81 fire fighters and officers were called to a fire on the vessel in Deptford Creek behind Brookmarsh Industrial Estate in Norman Road shortly after 11pm last night.

Around 57 emergency calls were made by members of the public many of whom heard an explosion thought to have been caused by a propane gas cylinder. One man left the minesweeper before the brigade arrived and another man on the neighbouring houseboat was led to safety by fire fighters. Fortunately no one was injured in the blaze.

Station manager Norman Perry who was at the scene said: “Crews worked extremely hard to extinguish the fire and safely remove around ten other cylinders on the neighbouring boats to prevent the fire spreading further. Crews used an aerial platform and water jets to extinguish the fire and steady progress was made.”

Fire crews from Deptford, Greenwich, New Cross, Lewisham, Bethnal Green, East Greenwich, Lee Green, Peckham and Old Kent Road were at the scene.

The cause of the fire which was brought under control shortly before 3am this morning is under investigation.

Reporter | Resident of Lewisham for more than 25 years and studied sociology at Goldsmiths. Previously worked for many years as a picture researcher for book and part work publishers and joined The Mercury after studying for a NCTJ at Lambeth College. Big yoga and walking fan – not just in the country but also along the River Thames. Love South East London and wander around Lewisham town centre, Deptford High Street and Greenwich Town Centre at least once a week. Mandy has worked for the Mercury for 14 years.

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Retired Royal Navy minesweeper gutted in huge blaze