Blackhouse blaze 'not suspicious'

By Martin Neville

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 16:34


Blackhouse blaze 'not suspicious'

The fire at Blackhouse Quay, near Newport, Isle of Wight. Picture by Laura Holme.

A FIRE that destroyed part of a quayside warehouse in Newport is no longer being treated as suspicious.

Since the blaze on Sunday night, Isle of Wight detectives have been working with the fire and rescue service to establish the cause.

Speaking to the County Press this afternoon (Tuesday), fire and rescue service station manager David Grundy said: "Our investigation team does not think there are any suspicious circumstances.

"Because of the type of building it is and its use, there is a range of ignition sources in there."

He said he understood the warehouse, on the banks of the river Medina, was being used as workshops and contained outboard boat engines, fuel, aerosols, and also some vehicles.

Mr Grundy said much of the building was saved thanks to the speed of fire crews in arriving at the scene, gaining access by cutting through the locks and tackling the blaze as quickly as possible.

At the height of Sunday’s dramatic fire, around 25 firefighters from Newport, Cowes and Ryde battled to contain the flames to one end section of the large warehouse, bringing them under control in around an hour.

They also removed propane and oxyacetylene canisters from another part of the warehouse, away from the fire, as a precautionary measure in case the flames spread.


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