SS Great Britain: Fire service share update after blaze breaks out on historic ship

Firefighters have now left the SS Great Britain but the tourist attraction remains closed.

Avon Fire and Rescue said in a statement that they were called at 12:57pm and sent five crews from various stations along with a turntable ladder.

The service confirmed that no one was injured in the incident, and the fire was extinguished at 2:56pm.

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In a statement, Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently responding to a fire at Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol.

“Crews from Temple, Bedminster, Kingswood and Chew Magna were called to reports of smoke issuing at 12:57 today.

“We currently have five fire appliances and one turntable ladder on the scene.”

“In an update shortly after 3pm, the fire service said: “As of 14:56, firefighters have confirmed the fire has been extinguished. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus for safety are currently checking for hotspots using thermal imaging cameras.

“A fire investigation has been completed and the cause has been determined as accidental.

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“I can confirm no persons were injured during this incident.”

A spokesperson for the SS Great Britain Trust said: “Smoke was detected in the fo’c’sle while controlled hot works were taking place. Everyone is safe and there is minimal damage in a small, contained area of the ship.

“We are incredibly grateful to Avon Fire and Rescue for their expertise and very swift attendance.

“We will be fully open tomorrow for the Victorian Christmas Weekend with falling snow guaranteed. Old Father Christmas and a cast of Victorian characters will be welcoming visitors outdoors for a safe, fun day out. The ship and both museums will be open. Some timeslots for the weekend can still be booked at ssgreatbritain.org.

“Essential welding repairs (hot works) were being carried out in the fo’c’sle. This work is a known risk, and the Trust’s comprehensive fire detection procedures have prevented damage.”

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