Devon

Cattedown Wharves cargo boat machinery fire

Firefighters have tackled a blaze on a cargo boat in Plymouth.

The fire started in the engine of a mechanical digger in the ship's hold, which also contained wood chippings.

Crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to Cattedown Wharf at about 16:00 BST.

The blaze is believed to have been caused by faulty machinery. No-one was hurt and the fire service said it was believed to have been accidental.

Thick smoke was seen coming from the 80-metre long ship, Lady Nola.

Three fire appliances attended the scene, as well as two estuarial firefighting crews and a fire boat from Plymstock.

A fire service spokesman said: "The digger sustained fire damage to the engine compartment and the fire spread to a a small area of cargo which consisted of wood chippings.

"The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental."

Brixham Coastguard have been updated about the incident.

The 1,978 tonne cargo vessel is a Netherlands-registered ship and was built in 2002.

The ship arrived in Plymouth shortly after 09:00 BST from Brunsbuettel in Germany.

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