Fire crews tackled a large industrial building fire in the Isles of Scilly this morning, and all available firefighters on the islands have been dispatched to the scene.
The incident – which was first reported via a 999 call just after 5 a.m. on Tuesday – took place at St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly and was handled by the Fire and Rescue Service of Isles of Scilly, supported by a mainland official.
Firefighters from the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service who arrived at the scene requested more help with the blaze at an industrial building measuring 15 meters by 10 meters.
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All firefighters available on the Isles of Scilly attended the scene.
HM Coastguard and police were also invited to attend, and an ambulance boat helped transport firefighters to the scene of the blaze.
About 40 minutes later, firefighters had successfully brought the blaze under control, but the entrance to the building was still considered unsafe.
The fire was reportedly extinguished shortly before 7 a.m. The cause was unknown and the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will send a fire investigator to St Mary’s from the mainland to investigate.
Scroll down to see a full timeline of the fire and emergency services response.
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A timeline of the fire – Cornwall Fire & Rescue
The following timeline was posted by Cornwall Fire & Rescue
At 5:17 am we received a 999 call reporting smoke coming from a building in an industrial area in St Marys. Two devices were mobilized from the St Mary’s fire station. Upon arrival, crews reported smoke billowing from the building, measuring 15m x 10m.
At 5:38 am, a request for assistance was made by the fire stations of the neighboring islands, followed at 5:39 am by a request for all firefighters available on the islands.
Further assistance messages were received at 5:40 a.m. for the Coast Guard and at 5:45 a.m. for the police.
At 5:46 am, 4 teams wearing breathing apparatus were using main jets in an attempt to extinguish the fire.
At 5:49 am a message was sent that fire had broken out through the roof of the building.
At 5:58 a.m. Critical Control called the ambulance boat to help transport firefighters from other islands to St Marys.
At 6:20 a.m., crews confirmed the fire was under control but was still too dangerous for crews to enter the building.
At 6:53 am, a message was sent stating that the fire was now extinguished. 6 teams of breathing apparatus tried to ventilate the property.
At 7:22 a.m., crews began individually ventilating other industrial units to remove smoke using positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans.
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