Ash Island Blaze in Hampton: Eyewitness

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By adam_leone | Monday, November 26, 2012, 18:28

A witness to the Ash Island Blaze has spoken to Hamptonpeople about a fire on the Thames this morning.

Landscape gardener, Adam Jenkins, 23, was on his way to work at around 6am, when he caught sight of the commotion from Hampton Court Bridge.  

He said:"Just when you think it's going to be an ordinary day, you get greeted by fire engines and a fire on the Thames."

"My biggest question was, is anyone hurt? But luckily I found out later no-one was injured."  

"It was still dark when I drove past, but I could still see the flames, they must have been at least 10ft high."

"It was difficult to make out what was on fire, a barge or a boat because of the smoke and the morning dew."

A blaze broke out early this morning on a boat which progressed onto anther boat.

The second boat was so badly damaged it eventually sank. It is thought the boats were barges used as house boats. They were moored off Ash Island near Hampton Court Road in East Molesey.

Colin McSweeney, who was in charge of the Brigade's fire boat at the scene, said: "When the first firefighters arrived on the scene they had to walk across a weir through the pitch black to get to the island."

Fortunately no one was injured and it is not thought anyone was on the boats at the time of the fire.

Two fire engines from Kingston and one from Twickenham fire station attended. Another fire engine from Surrey fire and rescue service was also at the scene.

The Brigade's fire boat, which is based at the Lambeth River Boat station, was also there. Around 25 firefighters were present.



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