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CONTINGENCY FIRE CREWS CALLED TO VENTNOR CO-OP

firecoopventnorUPDATED: Firefighters are tonight (Monday) in attendance at The Co-Operative store in Ventnor.

Contingency crews based out of Drill Hall Road in Newport were called to the scene at around 22:30. The 999 call came shortly after the town went into darkness following a power outage, although it is currently unclear if the two are related.

Non-FBU firefighters have entered the building on Pier Street wearing breathing apparatus and are using a hose reel to tackle the fire, which is not believed to be serious.

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Two pumping appliances are in attendance with extension ladders being taken into the supermarket.

The road is currently blocked and a cordon has been put in place.

UPDATE @ 23:30 – Southern Vectis buses are currently unable to serve Albert Street or the Boots bus stop and are advising passengers of Route 3 buses in either direction to make their way to the Central Car Park bus stop.

UPDATE @ 23:51 – Residents living above the food store have not been evacuated.

Reports suggest smoke was seen coming from the rear of the building, possibly relating to cooling units.

UPDATE @ 00:10 – Firefighters have now left the scene of the incident and the road has fully reopened.

A faulty chiller unit has been identified as the source of the smoke.

Firefighters across the Isle of Wight and throughout the country remain on strike until 18:00 tomorrow (Tuesday).

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