AROUND 40 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze that engulfed a workshop as well as other businesses on the Isle of Wight.
The blaze broke out at approximately 12:30pm on Monday afternoon on Bridge Road in Medina Village, Cowes, sending a thick cloud of black smoke over the Solent.
A 200-metre cordon was set up around the site, while nearby residents and businesses were evacuated.
According to the Daily Echo, the fire spread across 100 square metres, affecting several business units including the vehicle workshop.
— Island Echo (@islandecho) January 26, 2016
It took the firefighters more than four hours to extinguish the flames and the cordon remained in place for safety purposes.
According to reports, additional fire crews were sent over to the island from mainland Hampshire.
Following the outbreak, explosions were reported at a nearby marina workshop, containing flammable gas and 50 fibreglass boats.
With cars and acetylene cylinders on the site, it’s believed that thousands of pounds worth of equipment was destroyed.
The fire also caused disruption to ferry services with the Red Funnel vehicle ferry suspended for several hours.
No one was seriously injured in the fire, but two people are said to have been treated for smoke inhalation.
Police have launched an investigation.
— BBC South Today (@BBCSouthToday) January 25, 2016
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