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Investigation launched following blaze on a boat in Church Gresley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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A JOINT investigation has been launched by police and fire chiefs after a boat went up in flames – in the back garden of a South Derbyshire home.

Specialist investigation teams descended on a property in Common Road, Church Gresley, yesterday in a bid to find out what had caused the incident, which saw fire crews called to put out the blaze on the vessel in the early hours of the morning.

Specially trained officers from Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service could be seen combing over the site in the search for clues, and taking photographs.

The East Midlands Fire Investigation Dog Unit was also brought in to assist.

A spokesman for the fire service told the Mail: “We can confirm that we received a call at around 6.53am on Sunday morning saying that a boat had caught fire at a home in South Derbyshire.

“Crews from Swadlincote Fire Station were dispatched to the scene immediately and, upon arrival, discovered a boat on a the driveway of a property in Common Road, Church Gresley, was engulfed in flames.

“Firefighters had to use breathing apparatus as they tackled the blaze, before finally putting it out at 7.37am.

“Nobody was hurt during the incident but the homeowners were left shaken.

“An incident into the blaze was launched by specialist fire officers and members of Derbyshire Police.

“We can also confirm that a fire investigation dog unit was called to the scene to assist.

“Firefighters and investigator left the scene at around 12.10pm.”

Full details of the investigation are expected to be announced in the ‘next few days’.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police revealed officers had received a call from the fire service asking them to assist following the report of a blaze, and confirmed specially trained officers had been sent out to support the investigation.

Despite being approached by the Mail, the owners of the boat declined to comment.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101.

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