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Fears charity floats destroyed in huge blaze

All Red Funnel ferry sailings have been cancelled due to a large fire which has broken out in the Medina Village area of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

The blaze started at TJ Motors.

The Chairman of Cowes Carnival which is located next door to the car workshop, has confirmed that the charity has taken a massive hit because of the blaze.

There are fears two floats have been destroyed.

Eyewitnesses say small explosions are still being heard with firefighters taking breathing apparatus into the site.

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More photos of huge blaze in East Cowes

Clouds of smoke are billowing above buildings in East Cowes Credit: Marie Noble

Forty firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a car warehouse in Cowes on the Isle of Wight,

It started at around 12:30 on Bridge Road.

Up to fifty fibre glass boats and a number of cars are involved. A 200 metre cordon is in place and police have evacuated a nearby road.

Crews say there are highly explosive cylinders on site.

Clouds of smoke are billowing above buildings in East Cowes Credit: Marie Noble

Crews dealing with fire at car factory in East Cowes

Fire crews are currently dealing with a huge fire at a car workshop on the Isle of Wight.

Firefighters are tackling the blaze on Bridge Road in Cowes.

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Fire-hit garage back in business

The blaze ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November Credit: ITV Meridian

A commercial garage in Hampshire which was destroyed by fire just before Christmas is back in business, after fears that fifty staff faced losing their jobs.

An electrical fault in a damaged Jaguar sparked the fire which ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November.

Refusing to give up, the owners have been working out of temporary offices.

They now plan to rebuild the entire business, including the village shop.

ITV Meridian spoke to owner of the garage, Pete Whieldon.

Electric heater causes fire in Banbury

A warning's been issued after fire crews were called to deal with a blaze caused by an electric heater in Banbury.

When they arrived at the property crews found the remains of an electric heater melted into the burned bedroom carpet.

"Fortunately the quick thinking resident unplugged the electric fire from the socket when they realised what was happening, and smothered the fire with a blanket. These actions undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the bedroom.

"The family were very lucky as there were no working smoke alarms in the property and the occupants were all downstairs when the fire started. It was just luck that one of them went upstairs and found the fire.

"If the fire had continued undiscovered for another 1-2 minutes the whole bedroom would have been alight”.

– Watch Manager Mark O’Connor from Banbury Fire Station

Councils may not return to fire-hit headquarters

THE HQ of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse Council was destroyed in a blaze last year Credit: ITV Meridian

Two councils forced to move from their offices devastated by fire - have said they won't return to their former home.

It's been a year since the HQ of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse was destroyed in an arson attack.

The councils are looking for a new building on the site.

Appeal to avoid winter chimney fires

Many chimneys are blocked or defective Credit: ITV

With temperatures predicted to plummet next week and many people turning to the warmth of an open fire for the first time this winter, firefighters are urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe.

Although open fires and wood burning stoves are a comforting way to keep the winter chill at bay, they can become a serious safety hazard if simple precautions are not followed. Many chimneys are blocked or defective.

West Sussex firefighters were called to extinguish 144 chimney fires last year, with the highest number occurring during January and February.

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