Practical Boat Owner: Following a fire that swept through a series of old industrial and storage units on the site in Cowes, the owners of Medina Yard, the Harrison Trust, have been liaising with the Isle of Wright Council and businesses.


Monday, fire broke out in a car repair workshop and destroyed two classic yachts at the Moreton Marine premises and other boats were also lost in the blaze.

Accidental cause
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Fire investigations has concluded it was an ‘accidental cause’ that started the fire.’

‘Our fire investigation is still on-going, but we can say that we are not looking for any suspicious cause. We can put it down to an accidental ignition. We have liaised with police – as we would with a situation like this – but there is no need to bring them in for this investigation”, said fire service group manager, Dean Haward, to Isle of Wight Radio.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service crews remained on site yesterday to avoid any further flare ups caused by high winds at the Medina Village, damping down and managing hot spots and advised the public to stay away from the site.

Moreton Marine’s Patrick said on his Facebook page: ‘Thanks for all your messages of support and offers of help. If you’re not careful I’ll take you up on it! All safe but very sad to lose Fedoa and all the hours of work by our great shipwrights. So close to finishing too…. Grrrrr!’

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