4 fire appliances from Sandown, Shanklin, Ryde and Ventnor, an aerial ladder platform from Ryde and the Incident Command Unit from Newport are all on scene at Sandown Esplanade, where crews are tackling the building fire at the dry end of the historic pier.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have entered the main building and are working in a kiosk to the left hand side. The concession is used as an ice cream parlour.
Hose reels are being used to dowse the flames and stop the spread of fire to the adjoining arcade. Firefighters are working in darkness as power has been cut to the pier.
A cordon has been erected around the area whilst the incident is ongoing and as investigations get underway to identify a probable cause.
HM Coastguard are also in attendance in the interests of safety with officers stopping members of the public from getting too close to the pier along the beach.
UPDATE @ 05:20 – 6 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using 3 hose reels to extinguish the fire, with a covering jet at the ready.
Fire control have confirmed that they were alerted to the incident at 04:09.
1 appliance from East Cowes has been put on standby at Sandown Fire Station to provide fire cover for the East Wight.
UPDATE @ 05:40 – With the situation under control, the Aerial Ladder Platform from Ryde has now been stood down.
Positive pressure ventilation is being used to clear smoke from the building and crews are removing wooden panelling to full inspect the effected area.
UPDATE @ 06:13 – Hampshire Fire Control has confirmed that the stop message has now been received.
A total of 10 breathing apparatus, 3 hose reels, a covering jet and thermal imaging camera have been used to contain and extinguish the ground floor fire.
Crews are starting to stand down from the incident.
A spokesperson for Sandown Pier has said:
“We would like to thank the fast response and actions of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
“Very happy given the circumstances to say that no one was hurt, the fire is out and it was contained to one small area, so minimal damage”.
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