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Fire Rips through Portsmouth Dockyard

Fifty fire fighters and support personnel have tackled a serious fire in the dockyard in Portsmouth this evening May 7)involving a large area of hazardous materials and machinery.

Fantastic hard work from all crews attending from Southsea,Cosham and Portchester
Their hard work prevented this spreading inside the warehouse and becoming much worse.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze involved ‘rubbish’ at the side of a warehouse, and that the fire was adjacent to a commercial building, but did not spread. Watch manager Jamie Wren, who attended the incident, says that the fire started in waste containers, and that these containers were to blame for the large black smoke clouds that covered the skies. He said: ‘We can confirm that the fire was inside Portsmouth Naval Base. ‘There was a large number of waste containers outside a warehouse – these containers started the fire, which then spread to a couple of forklift trucks and some plastic drums, which were all engulfed in the flames. ‘The smoke was because the containers were made of plastic.’ Watch manager Wren says firefighters were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours tackling the blaze – but nobody was injured.

The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.