Huge clouds of grey smoke and loud explosions accompanied an enormous fire which broke out on a secluded island on the River Thames.
Firefighters struggled to achieve Platt’s Eyot island in Hampton, off Richmond upon Thames, after a blaze began in an industrial unit at round 5pm on Bank Holday Monday.
Witnesses claimed to have heard ‘explosions’ and a few locals have been reportedly trying to rescue boats moored on the island.
Local weblog The Hamptonite described the fire as ‘gigantic’. It stated: ‘Police/fire shifting individuals again. Lots of bangs and pops. The fire is a great distance from the street, surrounded by river.’
The Eyot is a registered conservation space and residential to 4 listed buildings. The industrial buildings have been each boathouses and have been utterly destroyed by the fire.
But the path of the wind had apparently saved one listed residential constructing from being broken by the flames.
Dominique Buochard, who lives near the place the fire broke out, advised native information web site MyLondon there was quite a lot of ‘collective concern’ about what had occurred.
She went on: ‘I heard a number of individuals speaking about how devastating that is for the companies on the Eyot and naturally shedding distinctive historic structure and constructions can be very unhappy.
Groups of individuals gathered by the water (Picture: SplashNews)
Residents have been requested to shut their home windows and doorways because of the smoke (Picture: @EkeminiRose)
Huge grey clouds could possibly be seen over the fire (Picture: @TheHamptonite)
Both boathouses have been utterly destroyed by the fire (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)
Around 100 firefighters have been on the scene (Picture: Reuters)
The fire was surrounded by water (Picture: D Bouchard)
Witnesses claimed that they had heard an explosion earlier than the fire started (Picture: D Bouchard)
Crews from 15 fire engines battled the flames (Picture: @TheCumbercat)
‘I used to be very frightened that folks have been injured however there didn’t seem like any accidents.’
Around 100 firefighters from 15 fire engines battled the flames, with the London Fire Brigade confirming that there have been ‘some cylinders’ concerned within the blaze. No accidents have been reported.
They finally managed to extinguish the fire, having needed to carry all their tools by hand as the one entry to the island is through a footbridge.
A spokesperson for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service suggested close by residents and companies to shut their home windows and doorways because of the smoke.
They added: ‘Our joint fire management acquired 20 calls to Hampton Boat Sheds this night. We are presently aiding London Fire Brigade at this incident.’
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