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Fire Investigators have been using specialist dogs to probe the circumstances of yesterday’s (Monday’s) flat fire in Newport, which has left a woman in her 50s with severe burns.

Specialists from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service were sent across from the mainland last night accompanied by ‘Hoodie’, a fire dog from the Hants Fire Dogs division, to help ascertain the cause of the serious fire.

Police have also been involved in the on-scene investigations, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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A woman who was rescued from the flat by firefighters was yesterday flown to Southampton General Hospital by Coastguard helicopter and is thought to have since been transferred to the Swansea Burns Center in Wales.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“We attended an address in Pyle Street after being called by the fire service just after 10am. The fire is not being treated as suspicious at this time, but officers are working with the fire service to establish the exact cause.

“A 58-year-old woman suffered burns and has been taken to hospital”.

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As previously reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to a flat fire in Pyle Street – just behind Newport Fire Station – at around 10:00.

4 appliances from Newport, Cowes and East Cowes responded to the scene alongside an Aerial Ladder Platform and the Incident Command Unit.

Police were also on the scene alongside a number of paramedics and ambulance officers.

It is currently unclear if the incident is being treated as suspicious. Police have been approached for a statement.

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Martin W

What do fire dogs do?

Vic Simmonds

I believe they are trained to detect traces of accelerants


Yes that’s correct, thoughts are with the lady and her family


Wasn’t there a small fire at those flats last week, supposedly a cigarette end near a gas meter.


As IF a fag butt would EVER catch fire to such. They take a lot of heat to burn. We need a new fire officer, or send him to spec savers.

Unless they knew it was arson, but didn’t wish to mention it in the hope of catching the culprit, if so, that has back-fired badly too.


yes – apparently a small fire in langley court – is this the same building -seems suspect if it is …two fires, same building, within weeks.


No Langley Court is the office complex next to the police station


Should be a minimum IQ requirement to post here.

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