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KING’S LYNN DOCKS FIRE LATEST: Digger thought to be cause of ship blaze, say crew chiefs

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A fire which broke out on a cargo ship in Lynn’s docks this morning is thought to have started in a digger aboard the vessel, fire service chiefs have said.

Fire crews are still at the scene of the incident in the Bentinck dock, which was reported shortly after 11am today, Wednesday December 4, but say they are not now requesting any further help at the scene.

Speaking to reporters a short time ago, Stuart Horth, area manager for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said it was believed that a digger on the affected ship, believed to be the Hanseatic Scout, had caught fire.

He said he believed the fire was under control, but described the incident as “fairly serious.”

He said it was difficult to assess the extent of the damage at this stage. The boat had been carrying wood chippings. All members of its crew have been accounted for.

At its height, 10 fire appliances, including a rescue boat, were at the scene of the blaze. Police, paramedics, coastguard officers and Environment Agency officials were also called to the scene.

Meanwhile, a statement from Associated British Ports, the company which owns the site, said: “We can confirm that the fire service attended an incident on board a ship at the Port of King’s Lynn. We are pleased to report that no one has been injured and the fire aboard the vessel is now out.”

 

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