Fire Breaks Out Overnight On St Mary's

The devastation caused by the fire to one of farm buildings on King Edwards Road, St Mary's. Images courtesy of Eve Pritchard. 

The devastation caused by the fire to one of farm buildings on King Edwards Road, St Mary's. Images courtesy of Eve Pritchard. 

A devastating fire broke out on King Edwards Road, St Mary’s last night.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service confirmed in a statement on their website that they received a call at 3:20am reporting a fire in a farm building near King Edwards Road.

At 3:29am both fire and rescue appliances from St. Mary’s were mobilised and were on scene.

A message was received that there was farm building measuring twenty metres by ten metres well alight with oxyacetylene known to be contained in the building, fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus were deployed and used a main jet but kept a safe distance from the incident.

Persons at a nearby campsite were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

A request was made for back up to assist St. Mary’s crews from the off islands.

Crews from Tresco, St. Martins, St. Agnes and Bryher were ferried across by the ambulance boat.

Devon & Cornwall Police were in attendance and also the Coastguards were requested to assist crews at the scene.


At 4:59am Devon & Cornwall Police declared a ‘Major Incident’ due to decreased resources on other islands and road closures in the vicinity and at that time teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were using two main jets and two high pressure hose reel jets.

Western Power were requested to attend the incident as well.


At 5:21am a message was received stating that three farm buildings involved, fire in main building with two buildings coming off, fire contained in main timber clad building with a biomass unit in building, crews were continuing to damp down. Later a ground monitor was set up to cool the cylinder.


As of 10am this morning crews are still damping down at this time and using a Thermal Imaging Camera to monitor for hot spots. Off Island support are now returning to their home stations. A Fire Investigation Officer will be flying out later this morning on the Devon & Cornwall Police Helicopter to carry out an investigation as to the cause of the fire.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.