Fire at Niton property

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, March 6, 2014

 

Fire at Niton property

The fire at Puckaster Lane, Niton. Picture by David Pearce.

UPDATED THURSDAY 09.02

FIREFIGHTERS have this evening (Wednesday) been called to a blaze at a property in Niton, on the Isle of Wight.

Five fire engines were called to the scene, at Puckaster Lane, shortly after 5pm.

The fire had broken out on the first floor of a two-storey property, a cottage which has been converted into flats, according to a spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

The building was completely smoke-logged, said the spokeswoman.

No-one had been injured, and it was not thought anyone was trapped inside the building, she added.

* 20.08 The fire has grown in size. There are now seven fire engines and more than 20 firefighters at the scene, plus a water carrier and control unit, tackling the blaze.

* 21.16 Following the collapse of the roof earlier in the evening, the building has now been completely destroyed by the flames, according to the fire service spokeswoman. Firefighters are still at the scene tackling the blaze.

* Thursday 08.05 Firefighters remain at the scene this morning, damping down the building, after the fire burned through through the night.

Building control officers are monitoring the structure of the property, although a fire service spokeswoman said it was not believed the building would collapse. 

The fire victim support unit is also at the scene, helping residents.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is due to start at 9am, providing it is safe to enter the property.

* Thursday 09.02 Video by Shane Thornton - www.shanethornton.co.uk attached.

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze in Puckaster Lane, Niton. Picture by Robin Crossley

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