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Firefighters battle boat blaze on River Yare

PUBLISHED: 07:55 10 January 2018

Firefighters battle a blaze on a boat on the River Yare near Whitlingham Broad. Picture: ANDREW STONE

Firefighters battle a blaze on a boat on the River Yare near Whitlingham Broad. Picture: ANDREW STONE

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Firefighters have battled a blaze on a boat on the River Yare near Whitlingham Broad.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service received a call to attend a boat fire just before 10pm on Tuesday.

Two appliances attended the scene on Whitlingham Lane, however personnel initially struggled to extinguish the fire as the boat was on the far bank and water from their hoses only just reached across the river.

An inflatable boat was eventually launched with three crew members and after carrying out an inspection, a hose was taken across the river and the fire extinguished from the inflatable.

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they had not received reports of anyone being aboard the boat at the time the fire broke out.

“We think it was just an empty hull,” he said.

It was not clear at the time of writing how the fire had started.

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