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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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Holy Smoke !

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… Read more »

Az-zahra Aziz

Beautiful church so glad no damage occurred.


Is it just me :))))


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

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