Firefighters rush to Historic Dockyard after electrical fault

Fire crews at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard due to an electrical fault in generator building (picture courtesy of Cosham Fire Station) PPP-170114-101033001
Fire crews at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard due to an electrical fault in generator building (picture courtesy of Cosham Fire Station) PPP-170114-101033001
An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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FIREFIGHTERS rushed to huge fumes of smoke in the Historic Dockyard this morning.

An electrical fault in a generator building off Queen Street caused the fumes at around 01.54am.

A spokesperson for Southsea fire station said that no fire was detected but that the smoke was caused by the electrics short-circuiting.

He said: ‘We received a call at 01.54am this morning to reports of an electrical fire in the Historic Dockyard.

‘After investigating the scene using breathing apparatus, we discovered no fire but that the smoke was being caused by the electrics short-circuiting.

‘We handed the situation over to BAE Systems at 3.45am this morning.’

An appliance and an aerial ladder platform from Southsea attended the scene alongside a response vehicle and an appliance from Cosham fire station and an appliance from Havant fire station.