Arson probe launched after fishing boat blaze in Sunderland

Police and fire chiefs are today investigating the cause of a blaze on board a fishing boat moored in Sunderland.

Sunday, 9th September 2018, 12:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th September 2018, 12:51 pm
The fishing boat Prevail ablaze at Clark's Quay in Sunderland this morning. Pic: RNLI/Coastguard.

A member of the public raised the alarm about a fire abroad the Prevail, which was moored at Clark's Quay, under the Queen Alexandra Bridge, at about 6.30am.

Police and the fire brigade attended, along with the Sunderland RNLI D class inshore lifeboat and Coastguards officers from Sunderland.

The fishing boat Prevail ablaze at Clark's Quay in Sunderland this morning. Pic: RNLI/Coastguard.

The RNLI and Coastguard personnel were there to provide safety cover to firefighters who were fighting the fire.

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The operation lasted about three hours, until the crews were satisfied that the fire would not re-ignite.

The boat suffered significant damage in the fire, whose cause is being investigated.

The fishing boat Prevail after the blaze at Clark's Quay in Sunderland this morning. Pic: RNLI/Coastguard.
The fishing boat Prevail after the blaze at Clark's Quay in Sunderland this morning. Pic: RNLI/Coastguard.