FIRE crews tackled a large fire started by a ruptured fuel tank on a boat at Laburnam House in West Huntspill yesterday (May 28) afternoon.
Crews from Taunton, Bridgwater, Burnham On Sea, Street, Yeovil, Cheddar, Martock, Somerton and Wells were all needed to put out the fire which had spread to the neighboring building on the site.
A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire Service said: “Fire Control has received 23 calls reporting a fire in Highbridge.
“3 fire apparatus and an aerial ladder platform were immediately mobilized and 2 more fire apparatus were added to the response due to the volume of calls and the large amount of smoke seen by members public.”
After arriving, crews discovered that a 20ft boat was well lit and the fire had spread to adjoining accommodation measuring 20m x 8m.
“A fuel tank had ruptured on a boat with 30 liters of fuel spillage which was being treated with CAFS (foam),” the spokesperson said.
“3 bottles of 45 kg were removed and two bottles of 19 kg from the shipyard to avoid any damage to the flames.
“Western Power Distribution has been asked to help isolate the power supply. The police were also present.
By 8:24 p.m. the fire was out, but that was after the fire had spread from a boat under repair to the adjacent building, causing 50% fire and heat damage, with the rest of the building sustaining slight smoke damage.
“Crews used 7 BAs in total, 4 main jets, 1 CAFS (foam) jet and 2 open water light portable pumps and a fire hydrant. A triple extension ladder was also used with 4 thermal cameras to check hot spots.”
“The cause of the fire is accidental.”