Hampshire firefighters tackle aftermath of car carrier blaze

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SPECIALISTS from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are being winched out to a large car carrier which caught fire in The Solent last night.

The Courage reported the fire to the UK Coastguard when it was 40 miles off the coast of Harwich.

Crew members used an in-built CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey.

The vessel is now heading to Southampton where it is being monitored by the National Maritime Operations Centre.

Experts from Hampshire Fire and Rescue service are being winched aboard to assess the situation.

Using the CO2 means the corridors and areas around the deck are now not accessible to the crew which is why the team are needed.

The specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue assessment team will look at where the CO2 was used to make sure it’s safe for the pilot to get through to take the vessel alongside in Southampton.

Counter-pollution staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are monitoring the situation but say it is all contained.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service says the fire is contained and under control. Five maritime response officers from the service have been winched aboard the vessel to assess the situation.