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VIDEO: Investigations Continue Into Cause of York Boat Fire

Boat Fire

7:13am 29th September 2013

Fire officers will return to the scene of last night's dramatic boat fire in York as they try to find out what caused it.

The 15 metre long motor cruiser, called the Silver Sea, was on fire for four hours on Saturday night after a fire started in the crew compartment just before 7.30pm. Seven fire crews from York, Acomb, Huntington and Tadcaster were called out to deal with the fire, with 450 litres of foam used to put out the flames.

The boat has now sunk to the bottom of the River Ouse, where it was moored outside The King's Arms pub on King's Staith.

Firefighters say the cause of the fire is unknown while police say it is not believed to be suspicious.

It was initially believed there might be people on the boat, but thankfully this is not the case and all three emergency services have confirmed to Minster FM that no-one was injured.

Nearby pubs and bars were evacuated because of fears of an explosion due to the high amount of fuel on the boat and because of the large amount of non-toxic smoke which filled the air with a smell of burning plastic.

Dozens of people on their Saturday night out in York saw the fire, among them was Minster FM's David Dunning who has this video report.

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