Boat destroyed by fire while moored at Hartlepool docks

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A MOORED-UP fishing boat was destroyed in a fire.

Two fire engines from Stranton Fire Station, manned by auxiliary firefighters during the final period of industrial action over eight consecutive days, were called to the boat, at Kafiga Landings on Hartlepool’s Headland.

A hose reel and thermal imaging camera where used in the incident, which happened around 5.55pm on Monday.

The boat was 85 per cent damaged by fire and 10 per cent damaged by heat.

Appliances returned to the fire station around 6.50pm.

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokeswoman said flames had started in the engine compartment of the vessel and when firefighters arrived the boat was well alight.

No one was injured in the incident.

Cleveland Fire Brigade and Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue service are now operating as normal following short periods of industrial action over the past eight days, in a national dispute over pensions.

Ian Hayton, Cleveland’s Chief Fire Officer said: “This has been the longest period of sustained industrial action during this dispute, totalling 30 hours over eight days.

“During that period we dealt with 29 incidents which included house and business fires; the majority of incidents that we attended however were rubbish fires and automatic fire alarms.

“We had good contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during these periods of disruption, which included having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters who are similarly trained.”

Fire chiefs thanked the public for adhering to safety advice, ensuring the number of incidents remained low for this time of year.