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.
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”.
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.