Video: Thames island boatyard fire

Huge blaze has destroyed two Grade-II listed boatyards and vessels on a Thames island in south-west London.

One of the historic “little ships” that rescued WW2 soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk was said to be among those lost in the fire.

The inferno broke out at Platt’s Eyot in Hampton just after 5pm on Monday, with witnesses claiming to have heard “explosions” coming from the area.

Boaters were trying to get close to the industrial fire to help as firefighters approached the island from the water.

At the height of the incident, fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were tackling the fire.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by a stray ember from rubbish which was being burned nearby, carried by the high winds.

The fire brigade said three disused single-storey industrial units on the island were completely destroyed by the blaze.

One 30 foot cabin cruiser was destroyed and a further four 30 foot cabin cruisers were damaged.