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BONFIRE CAUSES FALSE ALARM

20130408-114713.jpgFire crews from Ryde, Shanklin and Ventnor were called to a suspected building fire in Shanklin this morning, which turned out to be a false alarm.

An emergency 999 call was made shortly after 11:00 reporting that black smoke was billowing from the rear of a property near to the former Siam Pearl at the rear of the High Street.

It was discovered upon arrival that the blaze was infact a controlled bonfire.

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Speaking to workman at the scene, Island Echo understand that the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were informed of the intention for a bonfire, however the message was not relayed quick enough to control room staff before the three pumping appliances turned out.

Old bar stools and other wooded items were being burnt after being cleared from the former Siam Pearl restr

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