Boat fire on the River Nene

Peterborough firefighters tackle a boat fire on the River Nene, near to River Lane. Photo: Paul Franks
Peterborough firefighters tackle a boat fire on the River Nene, near to River Lane. Photo: Paul Franks
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Plumes of smoke were seen across the Peterborough skyline as fire crews tackled a boat fire on River Nene on Wednesday afternoon (13 November).

Fire crews were sent to Thorpe Lea Road when the boat caught fire at about 4pm.

Photo showing the boat on fire along the River Nene in Peterborough. Photo taken by Ashley Crowson, via Twitter

Photo showing the boat on fire along the River Nene in Peterborough. Photo taken by Ashley Crowson, via Twitter

The small white motor boat did not have anyone on board and was spotted with flames coming from its stern by a dog walker near a railway bridge.

Plumes of thick, black smoke could be seen across the city before the fire crews arrived at the scene to tackle the flames. Three fire engines, two from Dogsthorpe and one from Stanground were called to the scene, and crews used a ground mounted jet to initially bring the blaze under control.

They then used an inflatable pontoon to allow firefighters to get closer to the fire.

Passers-by were kept away from the burning boat because of gas canisters spotted on the boat and which it was feared could explode.

Smoke from a boat fire on the River Nene drifts across the Peterborough city centre. Photo: Alan Storer

Smoke from a boat fire on the River Nene drifts across the Peterborough city centre. Photo: Alan Storer

The crews had to continue to fight the flames for more than an hour, with the darkness making the operation more difficult.

Angie West was walking her dog by the river when she spotted the flames.

She said: “I was walking my dog at about 3.50pm when I saw the small motor boat floating by itself on the river.

“The stern was on fire. There were lots of flames, but thankfully you could see there was no-one on board.

“I called the fire service to come.

“They got here very soon after.

“They were on the bank, and directing jets of water onto the boat.

“I was told to keep away, as there were cylinders on board.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they had not been called about the incident, and it is not thought anyone was injured.