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Investigation into fire at a Cornish boatbuilder

An investigation is under way following a fire at Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding in Cornwall.

Firefighters were called to what has been described as a very large and significant fire at the company’s production facility at the former Vospers site near Ponsharden.

In a statement, Cockwells confirmed the fire was not at its new South West Shipyard across the road.

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning on Thursday May 16. Nobody was on site at the time and all the crews were safe.

The statement from Cockwells continued: “No-one was harmed in the incident but multiple crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended to tackle the blaze, supported by Devon & Cornwall Police.

“The fire is now extinguished; hotspots are being monitored and the damage is being assessed.”

Cockwells’ MD, Dean Short continued: “We are immensely grateful to the fire crews who attended and the swift action of all the emergency services.

“We will now work with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the fire and will issue further communications when more is known.”

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding is based at Mylor Creek Boatyard, but also operates from two satellite sites at Ponsharden, between Falmouth and Penryn.

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