Fire crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and rescue service have been called to tackle a blaze at Yarverland near Sandown on the Isle of Wight this evening. Crews were mobilised just after 7.15pm on Saturday evening to a large fire that had started in a maintenance shed near to Dinosaur Isle. Large black plumses of smoke could be seen from Bullys Hill and as far as Sandown Beach pier. Two crews from Sandown and Shanklin have been mobilised to tackle the fire that is understood to have been started deliberately. A further crew from Newport and the command and control unit also from Newport has also been sent to the incident to support crews who have been tackled the shed and surrounding Greenland that is approx 10 metres by 10 metres look . Crews used two hose reels to tackle a fire that was well developed when crews arrived. The cause of the fire is doubtful and has been left in the hands of Police.
Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have this evening confirmed that the blaze is being probed and being treated as arson. no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Police are understood to be studying CCTV as it is understood that this may have captured those involved. The incident is not being linked to an earlier fire in Newport.
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