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UPDATED: SMOKING ORGAN SEES FIREFIGHTERS RUSH TO HISTORIC BRADING CHURCH


The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been called to a historic church in the town of Brading this morning (Sunday).

2 fire appliances – from Ryde and Sandown – and an aerial ladder platform from Ryde are all on scene at St Mary the Virgin Church in the High Street.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus have entered the place of worship.

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The alarm was raised sometime around 09:35.

UPDATE @ 10:03 – A small electrical fire has developed behind the church’s organ, according to Incident Commander Mark Augustus.

The situation has been swiftly contained using a fire extinguisher and firefighters are now working to remove the motor from behind the organ.

The aerial ladder platform has been stood down from the incident and is now returning to Ryde.

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UPDATE @ 10:15– The electric motor has been removed from the church and dowsed with water to cool it down.

Firefighters, whose swift actions have no doubt saved the church from severe damage, are standing down from the incident.

Island Echo understands that the organ was only recently refurbished.

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Hungry
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Hungry

Holy Smoke !

Leslie Snow
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Leslie Snow

I was the Organist who was supposed to be playing the Organ in St. Mary’s Church this morning. At 25 minutes past nine I proceeded to switch on the Organ to play a Voluntary. After selecting which stops to use, I placed my hands on the Swell keyboard but no sounds emerged at all !! .A pungent smell then followed, which I had encountered before at two previous Churches, going back to the 1960’s. One being in the Unitarian Church in Newport in the 1960’s when I was Organist there and the other in St. James’s Parish Church East Cowes in the 1970’s when I was Organist and Choirmaster there also. Both motors ceased up, with the result that smoke emerged and the pungent smell followed, which we all encountered this morning. No flames were present at my earlier experiences and after the power was switched off, the Organs were pumped manually and normal service was resumed! Of course, before Electricity came about, similar Pipe Organs such as the ones I have mentioned,all three being 2 manuals and pedals and all Pipe Organs all over the World, would have been pumped manually, going back to when they were made and installed over 150 years ago at least!
During the Power strikes in the early 1970’s, the Organs in both St’James’s and St. Mildred’s Whippingham, where I was also organist and Choir Master for almost 53 years, the Organs were pumped manually. During the Great Storm in October 1987. the Organ in St.Mildred’;s Church had to be pumped manually, as there was no power coming to the Church whatsoever! I remember vividly playing Jerusalem in the dark with the Organ surging, as the Church Warden who was pumping, had not mastered it enough to enable the Organ tones to sound even!
It was good news this morning that there was no fire damage to the Organ, or church in St. Mary’s and that the Motor can be repaired before next Sunday’s service and for when I play the following week, where hopefully,I will be able to make more use of my feet, than I did playing the Piano for the revamped service in the Church Hall where we had migrated to. It was a lovely service ,taken by the Revd. Alison Morley,Priest in Charge at St.Mary’s where we heard during this Service, the good news that a fire had been thwarted.
It was heartening to hear and see the Fire Engine from Ryde, go by, as we were still filing into the Church Hall.
It just shows how efficient and quick the Fire fighters are on the Island. Thank you all so much and please continue with your good work on our behalf.

Az-zahra Aziz
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Az-zahra Aziz

Beautiful church so glad no damage occurred.

FOGGY
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FOGGY

Is it just me :))))

Bob
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Bob

No. Ooo eer. The vicars organ was smoking! Glad there’s no harm done at the church.

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