Fire crews were called to a fire on an eighty foot, 20 tonne, iron Dutch barge that is used as a houseboat. It was moored alongside the jetty at Port Werburgh Residential Marina, Vicarage Lane, Hoo St Werburgh. On arrival the barge was well alight and as it was low tide the boat was resting on mud.
Firefighters worked to prevent fire spreading to other nearby boats using a water curtain spray on either side of the fire and a Bulk Water Carrier was used to provide water at the incident.
Crews had to take into account the stability of the vessel, particularly as the high tide came in and used specialist sprinklers inside the boat. Throughout the incident liaison took place with other agencies with the intent of safely extinguishing the fire and minimising the impact on the environment.
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Main jet,Breathing apparatus,Small tools,Hot gas cutting
Special and Support vehicles
- Technical rescue unit
- Bulk water carrier
- HM Coastguard
- Environment Agency
- British Red Cross