'Gigantic' fire erupts on a boatyard near River Thames
‘Gigantic’ fire ‘destroys two historic Grade II-listed boathouses’ on island in the Thames sending plume of smoke across southwest London
- Fire began at Hampton Boat Sheds on Platt’s Eyot near Hampton, London, today
- Locals reported hearing explosions with video showing plumes of black smoke
- London Fire Brigade sent eight fire crews to battle the blaze at around 5.14pm
A ‘gigantic’ fire today ripped through two historic Grade-II listed boatyards on an island in the River Thames and sent plumes of smoke over southwest London.
Witnesses reported hearing explosions as the fire engulfed an industrial site on Platt’s Eyot, an island on the River Thames near Hampton, on Monday.
Those living nearby were told to close their windows after the blaze erupted at the Hampton Boat Sheds at around 5.14pm.
At least two Grade-II listed, timber-framed boathouses are understood to have been destroyed in the blaze, according to MyLondon.
The buildings, constructed in 1916, were built by Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott for the Thorneycroft firm to create fast launches carrying torpedoes for the Royal Navy.
There are four listed buildings on Platt’s Eyot in total.
A fire erupted at Platt’s Eyot on the River Thames, Hampton, today with the London Fire Brigade in attendance
Footage from the scene shows the blaze raging over the small island, with black smoke pouring into the sky near several small boats
Dramatic footage shows the fire raging over the Eyot, a Historic England Conservation Area, as plumes of black smoke poured into the sky near several small boats.
Photographs later captured the aftermath as heavy rain poured down on the area, with the ashen remains of the boatyard seen cloaked in smoke.
Several buildings were completely gutted by the fire, including industrial units.
The London Fire Brigade confirmed ‘some cyllinders’ were involved in the blaze, but the cause of the incident remains unclear.
A spokesperson said: ‘The Brigade were called at 5.14pm to reports of a fire by Lower Sunbury Road. An industrial unit on Platt’s Eyot is alight.
‘So far there have been no reports of injuries and the fire is ongoing.
‘Eight fire engines have been dispatched.’
Witnesses reported hearing explosions after a fire engulfed an industrial unit on Platt’s Eyot, an island on the River Thames, near Hampton, London, today
Those living nearby were warned to close their windows after the blaze erupted at the Hampton Boat Sheds at around 5.14pm, with pillars of smoke seen across south west London
Surrey Fire & Rescue Service was also in attendance, and said on Twitter: ‘Our Joint Fire Control received 20 calls to #Hampton Boat Sheds this evening.
‘We are currently assisting @LondonFire at this incident.
‘Nearby residents should close windows and doors.’
On Twitter, eyewitness The Hamptonite said: ‘Police/fire moving people back. Lots of bangs and pops.
‘The fire is a long way from the road, surrounded by river, but IT IS gigantic.’
Locals have suggested the direction of strong winds saved a listed residential building on the island. Pictured: The blaze
The London Fire Brigade confirmed ‘some cyllinders’ were involved in the blaze
They later added the blaze was blowing in the direction of a ‘handful of small boats’, including a boat used in the 2017 Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk.
Another post said: ‘The wind direction has saved the listed residential building on the far left.’
The blog later shared an image of the aftermath of the fire as heavy rain poured on the scene, writing: ‘The wind whipped it up… then the rain helped to douse.
‘The main work was done by @LondonFire.’
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