A ‘gigantic’ fire pierced two historic, Grade II listed shipyards on an island in the Thames today, sending clouds of smoke over southwest London.
Witnesses reported explosions as the fire engulfed an industrial area on Platt’s Eyot, an island in the Thames near Hampton, on Monday.
Those who lived nearby were warned to keep their windows and doors closed after the fire broke out in the Hampton Boat Sheds around 5:14 p.m.
At least two listed boathouses, which are listed, are said to have been destroyed in the fire, MyLondon reported.
Constructed in 1916, the buildings were built by Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott for Thorneycroft to provide quick torpedo launches for the Royal Navy.
There are a total of four listed buildings on Platt’s Eyot.
A fire broke out today in Platt’s Eyot on the Thames in Hampton and the London Fire Brigade was participating
The footage of the scene shows the flame raging over the islet and black smoke pours into the sky near several small boats
Dramatic shots show the fire raging over the Eyot, a nature reserve, while clouds of black smoke pour into the sky near several small boats.
Photos were later taken when heavy rain fell on the area and the ash gray remains of the shipyards were shrouded in smoke.
At least two industrial buildings were completely destroyed by the fire.
Aerial photos show the metal skeleton of a destroyed building, which stands near the crumbling remains of its former neighbor and in the vicinity of which boats are still moored.
The exact cause of the incident remains unclear and some flames are still burning.
The London Fire Brigade confirmed that “some cylinders” were involved in the fire.
A spokesman said: “The brigade was called at 5:14 pm to report a fire in Lower Sunbury Road. An industrial plant on Platt’s Eyot is on fire.
“So far there have been no reports of injuries and the fire is ongoing.
“Eight fire engines were dispatched.”
Witnesses reported hearing explosions today after a fire engulfed an industrial facility on Platt’s Eyot, an island on the Thames near Hampton, London
Those who lived nearby were warned to close their windows after the fire broke out in the Hampton Boat Sheds around 5:14 p.m. and columns of smoke could be seen in southwest London
The Surrey Fire & Rescue Service was also in attendance and said on Twitter: ‘Our joint fire control received 20 calls to #Hampton Boat Sheds tonight.
‘We are currently assisting @LondonFire with this incident.
“Residents should close windows and doors.”
“The fire is far from the road, surrounded by a river, but it’s gigantic.”
Locals have suggested that the direction of high winds saved a Grade I listed residential building on the island. Pictured: the flame
The London Fire Brigade confirmed that “some cylinders” were involved in the fire
They later added that the fire was blowing towards a “handful of small boats,” including a boat used in the 2017 Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk.
Another post said: ‘The direction of the wind saved the listed residential building on the far left. ‘
The blog later shared a picture of the aftermath of the fire when heavy rain poured on the scene, writing, “The wind whipped it up … then the rain helped to dampen it.
A witness shared a picture from further away from the fire in Hampton, with smoke rising over the fire
Another shared a picture of the aftermath of the fire when heavy rain poured on the scene, writing, “The wind whipped it up … then the rain helped to dampen it.”
“Most of the work was done by @LondonFire.”
Another witness shared a picture from further away from the fire in Hampton with smoke rising over the fire.
A third said, “Hampton fire on Platt’s Eyot. The shipyard at the eastern end has already been gutted. ‘