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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Boats on Fire at Marina

A fire which broke out at the Canal Cruising Yard in Stone was due to an electrical fault.

Crews from Stone, Eccleshall, Stafford and Penkridge tackled the blaze shortly after it started at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

"Firefighters worked tirelessly for hours to bring the blaze under control, this was made more difficult due to the strong wind and the limited access onto the narrow boats."

Alan Bateman, Station Manager

Upon arrival crews discovered a row of narrow boats that were moored very closely together, one of the boats in the middle was well alight. Firefighters carried out an initial search of the boats to check there was nobody on board.

Station Manager Alan Bateman said: "Due to the length and volume of the boats in the small marina, we were not able to move them which allowed the fire to spread rapidly along the line of boats.

"Firefighters worked tirelessly for hours to bring the blaze under control, this was made more difficult due to the strong wind and the limited access onto the narrow boats.

"A total of four boats were involved in the fire, two of which sunk and two were badly damaged by the fire. Firefighters prevented the fire spreading to a further two boats."

Project Manger for the Incident Command Team, Alan Bateman, has confirmed the accidental fire was due to an electrical fault in the engine room on one of the boats.