Jersey New North Quay fire raises pollution concern

Welding work led to a fire in a container at Jersey's New North Quay earlier, prompting fears of pollution at the harbour.

The contents - which included scrap metal - were set alight by the work.

Fire crews were able to put out the fire but their efforts were hampered by environmental considerations.

Chris Love, the commander of blue watch, said his staff had to be careful to avoid any associated hazardous material being washed into the sea.

He said he was satisfied this had been achieved.

A total of 10 fire fighters took part in the operation which began just after 09:00 BST.

A Ports of Jersey spokesman said the container belonged to Channel Seaways, which operates a freight service between the Channel Islands and Poole in Dorset.

Nobody at the company was available for comment.

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