A witness described the blaze as a "fire ball" - Credit: Cllr Cat Johns
A witness described the blaze as a "fire ball" - Credit: Cllr Cat Johns

BREAKING: Beaches evacuated as fire service confirm 8000 litres of diesel involved in boat blaze

Ami Wyllie

Beaches near Torquay Marina are being evacuated as firefighters continue to tackle a boat fire.

Officers were called to the marina shortly before 12pm after receiving reports of an 85ft yacht worth £6million on fire.

In an update posted at 1:50pm, fire officials confirmed that a part of Torquay Pier is also alight.

They said: “Crews again confirm 1 85 foot yacht well alight alongside Princess Pier which is also involved in fire, all persons are accounted for and the immediate surrounding area has been evacuated.

“The yacht contains approximately 8000 Litres of diesel fuel, crews are currently at work using 4 Breathing Apparatus wearers, 1 Compressed Air Foam Jet, 2 45mm Jets, 2 Light Portable Pumps

“Water relay is currently being carried out by an open water source as well as a street hydrant being used.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police has now confirmed that their officers are at the scene implementing road closures and keeping the public away.

In a statement, they said: “Police were called at 12.10pm today [Saturday 28 May] to Princess Pier in Torquay following reports of a fire on a yacht moored in the marina.

“The boat is believed to be well alight and had broken from the mooring. It has now been secured by the Fire service near the pier.

“There have been no reported injuries at this time. Emergency services remain at the scene where the incident is ongoing.

“Due to levels of smoke and fumes we are asking residents in the area to keep their doors and windows shut at this time.

“Members of the public are also urged to avoid the area and beaches are being cleared by officers for public safety.”

“A number of road closures have been put in place including:

"The promenade and waterfront areas

"Torbay Road at the junction with Rathmore Road

"Belgrave Road at the junction with Chestnut Avenue

"Shedden Hill at the junction with Croft Road.”