Twenty firefighters tackle blaze at luxury boat site
TWENTY firemen tackled a blaze at a city industrial estate where smoke was billowing from a building housing luxury yachts.
Five fire engines from Plymstock, Ivybridge and Crownhill were called to a fire at Princess Yachts Int Plc, at Lee Mill Industrial Estate, on Saturday.
Crews were called to the site at around 5pm after reports smoke was coming from the building.
Station manager Wayne Rawlins, who was in charge of the operation, said: "When we turned up the gates were locked and we could see smoke coming from the whole length of the building. We broke in through the gates and entered the rear of the building."
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He said crews tackled a fire on the ground floor before making their way to the first mezzanine floor where the main fire was.
"The sprinklers in the building had activated by the time we got there which helped save the building. We could have easily have lost the whole building if they hadn't had them installed. They definitely saved the building and its contents."
Fire Investigation officers also attended to establish the cause of the fire.