Fire on cargo ship the Hanseatic Scout at King’s Lynn is out

Emergency services on the scene of the fire at King's Lynn Docks. Picture: Ian Burt

A fire on a ship at King's Lynn docks has been extinguished firefighters have said.

They used breathing apparatus and compressed air foam to tackle the blaze, while a rescue boat stood by.

The fire was in the hold of the Hanseatic Scout, a 3,000-tonne vessel loaded with wood chip, which was moored in the Bentink Dock.

Norfolk Fire Service said the crew of the 89m ship were all accounted for.

Fire service area manager Stuart Horth said: 'The fire was located on a digger which is used as part of the loading and unloading process.

'The fire was in the hold but most of the cargo had been unloaded or had not been loaded yet.

'No one has been hurt as far as we are aware and there has been no damage to the ship.'

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The ship is registered in Antigua and owned by a German company.

The alarm was raised just before 11.15am. The fire took two hours to bring under control.

The docks are connected to the tidal River Ouse. An Environment Agency team has attended the site to check for any pollution.

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