‘It just went
Marina workshop fire caused by faulty electrics
THE cause of a huge blaze which ripped through a workshop on Holyhead Marina last Thursday night has been revealed.
A building was gutted in the fire, which broke out shortly after 9pm and threatened the nearby Holyhead RNLI station.
Witnesses said they heard huge explosion sounds as firefighters arrived on the scene to put out the inferno at the building, known as Trinity Marine.
Following an investigation, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was caused accidentally due to some faulty electrical wiring.
The building itself was left as an empty shell, with some vehicles parked nearby also wrecked. The lifeboat building next door suffered some damage – with the RNLI describing it as “bruised and battered” but “operational” – but avoided any serious destruction.
RNLI volunteers bravely moved the inshore lifeboat, as well as other vehicles, as the fire raged beside them.
Gas canisters were removed from the scene the following morning.
More than 20 firefighters attended the scene.
They warned nearby residents to keep their windows and doors closed, while the public was urged to stay away from the area.
Onlookers told how the scene was “crazy” after at least two loud explosions boomed followed by the sound of sirens.
Chris Tatam was eating a meal in nearby Langdons restaurant when he saw the fire take hold.
He said: “It just went up so quickly.
“A man who I think was a manager at the restaurant ran outside and got hold of the fire brigade – I think he may have been a part-time firefighter himself.
“Our car was parked near the building that was on fire so we had to run out and move it quickly.
“It is such a shame as it’s an old building and it looks like there could be a lot of damage.
“It’s quite windy and that doesn’t seem to have helped, but the fire service got here quickly and have been doing a great job – they seem to be getting it under control.
“I heard two or three loud bangs. Nobody seems to be injured which is good news.”
Another witness said: “There is a major incident at Holyhead Marina. I heard two massive explosions – I don’t even know how to describe it I’ve never heard anything like it before. Then we heard loads of sirens in the air.”
The roof of the building collapsed during the blaze.
Nobody is believed to have been injured with the Welsh Ambulance Service confirming they were not required to attend.
Thursday’s fire comes just months after the marina was devastated by Storm Emma.
Winds wreaked havoc in March sinking and wrecking around 80 boats resulting in millions of pounds worth of damage.