LiveFire at Sunseeker factory on Poole Quay

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Summary

  • Part of the Sunseeker factory at Poole Quay caught fire this morning
  • Eye witness reported flames and smoke coming from inside the building
  • Ten firefighters were on the scene to tackle the blaze
  • The blaze took place at the hanger where Eddie Jordan's Sunseeker 155 is being constructed
  • Dorset Fire and Rescue confirmed an extractor fan was completely damaged but there was no smoke or fire damage to any boat or other piece of equipment

3:29pm

Sunseeker International managing director Stewart McIntyre said in a statement: “The incident was directly outside the shipyard building our new 155 Yacht and our client has been informed that there is no damage to his boat or disruption to the delivery schedule.

“At present, the detailed cause of the fire remains unknown but it involved an external extractor fan unit and temporary, fire resistant weather protection sheeting.

“There is no damage to any of our boats under construction or any serious disruption to our production facilities, which remain fully operational.”

He added: “On behalf of everyone at Sunseeker, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and our staff who contributed to containing any potential damage arising from this incident.”

 

 

3:18pm

Dorset Fire and Rescue has confirmed that the extractor fan was completely damaged, but there was no smoke or fire damage to any boat or other piece of equipment.

“We sent two crews and they were only there for about an hour,” said a spokeswoman.

2:56pm

We're expecting a statement from Sunseeker and another statement through from Dorset Fire and Rescue very shortly. We'll get these up as soon as we have them.

2:35pm

Our reporter Jim is still on Poole Quay. He says people appear to still be working on the site.

2:02pm

We're hearing that there's no direct damage to the yacht you can see under the tenting in the pictures by the way.

1:57pm

Apologies to those of you coming to the blog for the first time - both videos from earlier seem to have been removed. We're not sure why. 

1:42pm

Our reporter Jim Durkin says workers on the site are still inspecting the damage.

1:22pm

We are trying to firm up the rumours that it was Eddie Jordan's 155 that was under the tenting, by the way.  It may be nothing but wild speculaton, but as soon as we get any information, we'll let you know.

In case that means nothing to you, here's a story about it from last year from the Daily Mail. It's 155 feet long, will reportedly cost £18 million and has an on-board garage.

There's also a picture here of the hull being moved between sheds in October last year.

1:12pm

There has been an ambulance on site, although Sunseeker says there have been no injuries.

1:11pm

Our reporter says the remaining firefighters have just left the scene.

1:10pm

Statement from Dorset Fire and Rescue says they were called at 11.52am. “Ten firefighters from Hamworthy and Poole attended a commercial building on New Quay Road following reports of smoke issuing from the building. The fire involved an extractor unit on the second floor. It was extinguished by three firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets and a main line.”
The stop message was received at 12.42pm.
The service said the cause was under investigation.

1:10pm

Another picture from Jon. This time of fire engines and an ambulance at the scene.

Bournemouth Echo:

12:52pm

12:51pm

Sunseeker says it can confirm no one has been injured.

It expects to issue a fuller statement within the hour.

 

12:48pm

Bournemouth Echo:

12:47pm

Bournemouth Echo:

And another, wider shot of the damage.

12:46pm

Photographer Jon has sent back this picture:

 

Bournemouth Echo:

12:44pm

12:42pm

Dorset Fire and Rescue hoping to issue a statement in the next 10 minutes.

12:41pm

 

12:34pm

Our photographer Jon, looking at the scene, says the shed in question has a transparent screen in front of it that looks as though it's melted.

12:32pm

As ever you can send us your pictures and video at digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

Alternatively, you can send photos and video by texting us at 80360, starting your message with BE

Don't forget to tell us who you are so we can credit you.

12:30pm

12:27pm

Tourist Katie Williams said: “We saw smoke and firemen on the platform. They weren’t putting it out; I think it had already gone out, they were just looking at it.”

12:22pm

Our reporter says the fire service's high rise platform has just been removed.  No smoke now visible from the Poole side of the Quay.

12:22pm

12:21pm

Here's more video of the fire, courtesy of Jamie White. You can see it seems to be in the hull of a vacht under construction.
 
 
 

 

12:19pm

It looks like the fire itself might be out now. Reporter Jim Durkin is at the Quay and will be sending us more info any second.  

Thankfully it seems to be less dramatic than the last time there was a Sunseeker fire, which you can see here

12:15pm

12:12pm

Here's some timelapse footage of the fire via @Rikkiebags on Twitter

12:12pm

Dorset Fire and Rescue say they were called to reports of smoke issuing from a commercial building in New Quay Road. Ten firefighters were on the scene.

12:06pm

Another witness said he could see the site of the blaze in one of three large sheds on the Sunseeker factory, off Ferry Road.

12:03pm

Witness Tim Such said he was opening his shop Dorset Gifts on the Quay when he saw the blaze.
“All I can see is big black smoke. There were flames to be seen too.”

12:02pm

12:00pm

12:00pm

11:59am

We're getting reports of a fire at Sunseeker. At the moment we're unsure if it's a single yacht or the factory itself. We're getting lots of calls, so more details as we know more.

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3:03pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Teddy 1 says...

What business do the fire service have with making a statement about the fire on Sun Seeker land. I'd be pretty miffed if I owned sun seekers, sounds like further self promotion, surely the wages spent on their constant 'stating the obvious' would be better spent on front line resources?
What business do the fire service have with making a statement about the fire on Sun Seeker land. I'd be pretty miffed if I owned sun seekers, sounds like further self promotion, surely the wages spent on their constant 'stating the obvious' would be better spent on front line resources? Teddy 1
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3:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

afcbtintin says...

I see that the Sunseeker hanger housing EM's boat is presently on fire.

There has to be a joke about Hot Radio somewhere...........
I see that the Sunseeker hanger housing EM's boat is presently on fire. There has to be a joke about Hot Radio somewhere........... afcbtintin
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3:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

"the extractor fan was completely damaged"

What fantastic English... lol
"the extractor fan was completely damaged" What fantastic English... lol speedy231278
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4:08pm Tue 29 Jan 13

LordLilliput says...

I remember the phrase 'We won't make a drama out of a crisis' used some years by an insurance company. I think The Echo should adopt the phrase:

'WE will create a drama out of ANYTHING'

Theatrical reporting central! Got to laugh really..
I remember the phrase 'We won't make a drama out of a crisis' used some years by an insurance company. I think The Echo should adopt the phrase: 'WE will create a drama out of ANYTHING' Theatrical reporting central! Got to laugh really.. LordLilliput
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4:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

Didn't they have a fire there last year.
Didn't they have a fire there last year. Hessenford
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7:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

GaryOcd says...

Just glad all the staff are ok, and no1 will be missing a loved one tonight. The lightning reactions of certain members of staff are nothing more than heroic and quite humbling, when so much effort is put into building such a SuperYacht (2 Years!) no person involved wants to see an incident like today. On another note after seeing some of the posts i find it sickening that the echo didn't do more in the way of informing the public their loved one's were ok sooner, as we were unable to get to our phones some people had been contacted several times by their partners to see if they were ok, but couldnt reach them! I consider that more public information than specualtive photography comments on what 'maybe happening' Once again WELL DONE to the Fire Marshals & WELL DONE Sunseeker. Triple dip recession plus a fire and its business as usual, Love That Company!!!!!
Just glad all the staff are ok, and no1 will be missing a loved one tonight. The lightning reactions of certain members of staff are nothing more than heroic and quite humbling, when so much effort is put into building such a SuperYacht (2 Years!) no person involved wants to see an incident like today. On another note after seeing some of the posts i find it sickening that the echo didn't do more in the way of informing the public their loved one's were ok sooner, as we were unable to get to our phones some people had been contacted several times by their partners to see if they were ok, but couldnt reach them! I consider that more public information than specualtive photography comments on what 'maybe happening' Once again WELL DONE to the Fire Marshals & WELL DONE Sunseeker. Triple dip recession plus a fire and its business as usual, Love That Company!!!!! GaryOcd
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11:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ben12341979 says...

Why is this so important?! It's a small fire that involved 10 firemen! Happens every day but there has to be live pointless updates and stupid tweets! Get a life!! Imagine if something really big happened! The echo would fold!
Why is this so important?! It's a small fire that involved 10 firemen! Happens every day but there has to be live pointless updates and stupid tweets! Get a life!! Imagine if something really big happened! The echo would fold! ben12341979
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