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UPDATED: Firefighters are tackling a fire at an address in Ryde this afternoon (Sunday).

2 appliances from Ryde Fire Station are currently in attendance at Surrey Street, where a small fire has broke out inside a semi-detached family home.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus have entered the building with a hose reel and appear to be focusing their attentions on the front room.

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Smoke has been seen escaping through a downstairs window.

The alarm was raised at around 14:45.

UPDATE @ 15:20 – It has been confirmed to Island Echo that a chimney fire has spread to the mantelpiece area.

Investigations are underway to determine the extent of the damage caused and whether or not the fire has penetrated the structure of the chimney.

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Julian Fountaine of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is reminding Island residents this afternoon that care should not only be taken to ensure chimneys are swept regularly, but that decorative items and other combustable materials are kept away from log burners and open fires.

The extent of the damage is thought to be minimal at this stage.

Surrey Street is closed to all traffic whilst the incident is dealt with.

UPDATE @ 17:05 – Blue Watch have confirmed that the fire had spread to a railway sleeper, which was being used as a mantelpiece.

Fire crews have now left the scene having stripped and dowsed the area.

Photo: Blue Watch Ryde


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