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Mayor praises emergency services for response to major fire

4 May 2021

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames has praised the emergency services for their quick response to the devastating fire on Platt's Eyot in Hampton on Monday 3 May.

Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire at three disused industrial units on Platt's Eyot island. The London Fire Brigade were supported by the Ambulance Service, RNLI and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to ensure nobody was hurt in the fire and as many boats as possible were moved to safety.

The London Fire Brigade have confirmed the fire is believed to have been accidental and caused by a stray ember from rubbish which was being burned nearby, carried by high winds.

The Mayor, Councillor Geoff Acton, said:

'I am extremely grateful to the emergency services for their rapid response in tackling this fire so quickly and ensuring there was no loss of life. The high winds we saw last night made for difficult conditions, but the fire was contained as quickly as possible.

'I would also like to offer my condolences to all those who have lost property in the fire, as it spread through the island’s boat yards. One of those vessels lost was the Dunkirk Little Ship, Lady Gay. It is devastating to lose such an important part of history in this way, but I am thankful for all those who helped move other boats to safety and I’m relieved everyone involved in the rescue effort remains unharmed.'

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Updated: 4 May 2021