UPDATED: A house in Ventnor has been severely damaged by fire after a blaze broke out during the early hours of this morning (Saturday).
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to Beaconsfield Road off St Catherine’s Street at around 04:00 to reports of a building well alight.
Appliances from Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown and Newport remain on scene as the sun rises, damping down and maintaining a close eye on a gas pipe that is on fire. The Incident Command Unit from Newport and the BA Support Van from Ryde are also in attendance.
A total of 2 main jets, 4 hose reels and 14 breathing apparatus have been used alongside a variety of ladders.
1 male has been conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital with smoke inhalation.
Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight Council’s building control officers have been requested at the scene due to structure movement.
Southern Gas Network engineers are working to isolate the gas supply.
UPDATE @ 09:46 – Incident Commander Lee Venier of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service says that 2 appliances are to remain on scene for the next 2 hours or so as crews continue to damp down.
St Catherine’s Street remains closed to motorists whilst the incident is ongoing.
The cause of the blaze is still unknown at this time.