A fire broke out in Shanklin on Saturday 12th March 2016 resulting in firefighters from Sandown, Ventnor and Newport being called in to tackle the large fire.

Fierce flames, which were said to have been up-to 15 meters at times, could be be seen shooting into the sky at the scene on Palmerston Road near Landguard Road.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident at just before 22:40.

An old and disused building is where the fire had broken out, which is behind shops and residential flats.

The Bronto Skylift, an aerial ladder appliance from Newport, was also called in as crews battle against the blaze which is spread over two floors and covered an area of around 30x20m.

Two more pumps from Ryde were requested to attend, making 5 in total plus the aerial appliance.

The Incident Command Unit from Newport was also on scene.

All occupants of the neighbouring properties were evacuated, including several young families.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus have surrounded the building and are working to stop the fire spreading to nearby homes and businesses.

A further pump from Freshwater and a water carrier from Freshwater had later also been called to attend the scene.

Roads were closed in the area including the High Street.

Southern Vectis buses were diverted locally.

6 breathing apparatus, 3 main jets and 4 hose reels had been utilised to dampen down the blaze.

The fire had been extinguished shortly before 01:00.

Building control surveyors were called to the scene and were working with fire officers to assess the state of the buildings involved.

Meanwhile paramedics and an ambulance officer were put on standby as a precautionary measure and the fire service Chaplain was in attendance.

Police were working with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fire. Locals fear it is arson.

An examination of what is left of the scene got underway at first light that morning when the full extent of the damage is revealed.

Fire crews remained at Palmerston Road overnight as they continued to damp down the remains of the building, which had been largely destroyed.

Investigations concluded that the fire was ‘most likely’ started deliberately.

Daylight revealed the extent of the fire, which had destroyed a two-storey disused building off Palmerston Road and left it in an unsafe condition.

The site has since been secured and the public are being advised to stay clear of the area.

Firefighters remained at the scene until around 05:00 that morning, with one pumping appliance that returned at 08:00 to check over the charred remains.

In total there was 6 pumping appliances, an aerial appliance, a water carrier, an Incident Command Unit, Police and Ambulance crews all attended the incident in Shanklin on a Saturday Night.

Families living in the adjoining buildings expressed their disgust at the actions of the individual or group that may have started the fire, which could have easily had a different outcome.

Amazingly, no one was injured in the incident and nearby properties were saved from the flames, although slight heat damage to a window and gutter had been sustained to one building overlooking the fire damaged remains of the derelict building.

Investigations conducted by Police and fire officers overnight and the following morning had concluded that it is most likely that the fire was started on purpose, however officers have been unable to safely inspect the entire building due to its unsafe condition.

Emergency services left the scene later on in the morning and brought the incident to a close.

All road closures in the area had also been lifted meaning buses could return to their normal route and traffic could once again flow freely throughout shanklin.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time are asked to call DC Julia Parker at Newport Police Station on 101 quoting 44160101471.

Information can also be given anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

 

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