UPDATED: Firefighters are this evening tackling a fire at a pub in Binstead.
Two appliances from Ryde Fire Station were called to The Fleming Arms pub on Binstead Main Road shortly before 17:10 following reports of a fire, understood to be located in a room towards the back of the building.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have entered the property and are tackling the flames using two hose reels. The fire, which is believed to have started in a tumble dryer unit, has been brought under control.
Ventilation equipment is being used to rid smoke from the building and power has been cut.
Traffic is backed up in both directions between Ryde and Newport this evening due to partial obstruction of the highway. Motorists are being directed by fire crews with around a 7 minute delay to travel time.
Delays of around 5 minutes are being experienced on Southern Vectis buses Routes 4 and 9.
UPDATE @ 19:00 – The fire has been successfully extinguished and crews have now left the scene.
UPDATE @ 22:00 – The Fleming Arm’s kitchen will be closed for a few days according to owners, however the bar is expected to reopen as per normal tomorrow (Tuesday). Some areas of the kitchen area have suffered from smoke and fire damage.