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Firefighters investigating the cause of the blaze at King’s Lynn docks

Fire crews tackle a woodchip blaze in the hold of ship Hanseatic Scout moored in the Bentinck Dock at Lynn port.

Fire crews tackle a woodchip blaze in the hold of ship Hanseatic Scout moored in the Bentinck Dock at Lynn port.

Firefighters are investigating the causes of a blaze which was sparked by a digger on board a cargo ship.

A total of 10 crews from across the county were called to Bentink dock at Lynn Port this afternoon as the digger was unloading a cargo of wood chips from a small ship.

Four teams of firefighters were sent into the open-topped hold to tackle the blaze, which luckily did not spread from the digger onto the cargo.

All of the ship’s crew has been accounted for and there were no injuries reported.

Norfolk fire and rescue’s area manager Stuart Horth has praised the teams for dealing with the fire in difficult circumstances.

He said: “Firefighting on a ship is always a challenging environment to deal with and I would like to say the teams have done a fantastic job.

“The fire was confined to a digger which was part of the unloading process. We committed four teams with breathing apparatus who extinguished the fire fairly quickly.

“Access was the chief difficulty. Apart from a ship which is something which moves around, we also have got to get on board a metal structure which absorbs heat.”

A swift water rescue team and aerial platform ladder were also on the scene along with ambulance crews, police and the coastguard.

The Environment Agency and West Norfolk Council’s Environmental Health team also attended as crews were using foam to put out the blaze.

The digger currently remains on board the ship but it is likely to be moved off later.

 

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