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southernwaterbreakingUPDATED: Firefighters have this evening (Monday) tackled a fire at a sewage treatment works in Sandown.

Three appliances from Newport, Sandown and Shanklin fire stations were called to the Southern Water treatment plant on East Yar Road just before 19:00 following reports of a fire in one of the site’s outbuildings.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus have successfully tackled the single-storey blaze using a hose reel and left the scene less than 3 hours later. A dry powder fire extinguisher was also used.

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The full extent of the damage sustained is currently unknown. Island Echo has approached Southern Water for a statement.

No one was injured in the incident.

UPDATE @ 10:05 – A spokesperson for Southern Water has told Island Echo:

“Firefighters were called to our Sandown Wastewater Treatment Works last night to deal with a small fire in an outbuilding.

“The site, which serves the majority of the island, continues to operate as normal and customers’ services are not affected.

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“At the moment, the cause of the fire is unknown.”

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