Fire breaks out on supercarrier

The supercarrier block on its way to Rosyth
The supercarrier block on its way to Rosyth

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FIRE broke out today in a section of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier being constructed in Scotland.

Firefighters were called after welding equipment caught fire on board HMS Queen Elizabeth – the first of two new £6bn supercarriers being built for the navy.

About 40 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze at Rosyth dockyard, which broke out in a stairwell just after 2.30pm.

Fife Constabulary said no-one was injured in the incident.

The fire was limited to a compartment on deck eight of the 8,000-tonne middle section of the hull. The section is in dry dock number one at the Rosyth construction yard.

Rosyth dockyard operator Babcock confirmed employees went back to work as normal and said the fire had had ‘no consequences’ on operations.