Cumbria

Fire at Windermere Aquatic in Bowness investigated

Fire at Windermere Aquatic
Image caption It took firefighters about five hours to extinguish the blaze

A fire at a pleasure boat storage facility in the Lake District is being investigated.

Up to 90 vessels were stored at the Windermere Aquatic site at Bowness-on-Windermere when firefighters were called at about 19:30 GMT on Wednesday.

No-one was injured but several boats are thought to have been damaged.

At the height of the blaze, which took about five hours to bring under control, 10 appliances and 60 firefighters were there.

A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: "By the time the first crews arrived the fire had already broken through the roof of the storage shed.

"It was obvious that we needed further appliances and [we] requested help from Staveley, Ambleside, Kendal and Barrow.

"We also had environmental protection equipment at the scene as there were some concerns about pollution from the fire water run-off entering the lake.

"We were lucky in as much as we were able to use the lake as our primary water supply.

"The cause is being investigated."

No-one from the company was available for comment.

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