People evacuated as boat catches fire in Mayland after construction work took place

The end result of the boat fire in Mayland
-Credit: (Image: Essex Fire Service)

A fire broke out on a boat in an Essex river after construction works were being carried out. Two fire engines rushed to the scene in Mayland at 7.51pm on Thursday (May 29).

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire by 9.12pm on The Esplanade and believe it was caused accidentally when works were being carried out on the boat earlier in the day. No injuries were reported.

Watch Manager John Maddocks from Tillingham Fire Station said: “Thank you to the callers for their quick thinking to try to contain the fire. Luckily the boat yard has an old fire appliance for washing down the jetties and ramps.

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“Crews evacuated people nearby before getting to work inside the boat in Breathing Apparatus. Firefighters did well to manage the risk to the public and themselves. We’d like to thank our coastguard colleagues who turned up to support with their mud rescue equipment to support our teams in case they were needed.

“We’d also like to praise our control room for their quick work in mapping us to the area as it was quite remote and the caller didn’t have many details of where it was.

“We’d recommend everyone downloads what3words, it’s a free app that helps to pinpoint your location. It can be really handy if you’re in a remote area to help emergency services get to you as quickly as possible.”