Dozens of fire fighters tackle dramatic blaze involving luxury yacht - in centre of York (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Dozens of fire fighters tackle dramatic blaze involving luxury yacht - in centre of York
DRAMATIC scenes unfolded in York yesterday evening, when a luxury yacht moored outside a city centre pub was engulfed in flames, causing nearby pubs and businesses to be evacuated.
The ferocious blaze had quickly taken hold of the 57ft private yacht, which had been moored at King’s Staith, an area busy with drinkers on Saturday evening (September 28).
Seven fire engines and 35 fire-fighters were needed to tackle the fire and some city centre roads had to be closed off, along with Ouse Bridge.
Members of the public called the emergency services at about 7pm when the fire started on the boat, named the Silver C, which was next to the King’s Arms pub.
Fire crews were sent on board with breathing apparatus to see if anyone was on board and found it empty.
The owners were nearby and told fire fighters the boat had been filled with diesel not long before the fire. Concerns over a possible explosion – and acrid black smoke which was billowing from the scene – prompted the emergency services to close nearby Ouse Bridge, where crowds had gathered to watch the fire.
Pubs and businesses in the area were also evacuated.
Nobody was injured in the blaze, but it is believed the boat was the home of the owners.
Fire crews tried unsuccessfully to place a boom in the water, to prevent the flow of diesel.
Eyewitnesses report that at one point the blaze appeared to be under control but a small explosion suddenly sent flames shooting from the boat, as the fire took hold again.
The boat eventually sank.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said there was nothing to suggest there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.
Fire investigators from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have returned to the scene this morning.
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