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Live: Large fire rages in Penryn as residents told to keep windows closed

Local residents are being warned to keep doors and windows closed as a fire broke out at a shipyard in Cornwall this morning (Thursday May 16). A significant amount of smoke was reportedly billowing from the fire as emergency crews battled to put it out.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to a fire at a shipyard near Penryn at 12.08am this morning. Seven fire engines have been sent to tackle the blaze at Ponsharden Shipyard in Falmouth.




When firefighters arrived, they discovered an industrial building well on fire. As of 5:42 a.m., firefighters reduced their numbers but remained on site to monitor hot spots.

Devon and Cornwall Police have warned local residents to keep their windows closed as a “significant amount of smoke” is coming from the large fire. He said: “D&C Police are assisting colleagues from Cornwall Fire & Rescue following a report of a fire at Ponsharden Shipyard, near Penryn. Please could residents near the shipyard close their windows because the fire is emitting a significant amount of smoke.”


Local road closures are also in place, and a section of the main trunk road is currently closed in both directions. Roads and traffic monitoring site Inrix reports: “Building fire at Ponsharden Dockyard on the A39 Falmouth Road in both directions from Hillhead roundabout to Parade North.”

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. Firefighters and police are currently on site.

This incident is ongoing. Please scroll down for the latest updates.


The cause is unknown

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. It appears no one was injured in the fire.

Emergency services have been contacted for further information.

Firefighters monitor hot spots

From 5:42 a.m., several fire crews remained on site to monitor hot spots. A press release from the firefighters states:

Crews are still monitoring hot spots.

Roads in the Ponsharden area will be closed until further notice due to machinery, crews and equipment on the highway.

Devon and Cornwall Police are also present.

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“Significant amount of smoke”

Devon and Cornwall Police are also in attendance this morning. Law enforcement warned local residents to keep their windows closed as a significant amount of smoke is coming from the fire.

The building found “well lit”

A statement from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said at least seven fire engines were called to the scene of the fire this morning. On arrival, firefighters found an industrial building in the shipyard “well alight”.

Critical Control received a call at 12:08 a.m. regarding a fire in a commercial building.

Upon arrival the building was well ablaze, Falmouth crews fabricated 5 pumps and an aerial ladder platform.

Additional crews were mobilized from Tolvaddon, Helston, Newquay and Truro community fire stations to assist, two officers were mobilized as well as specialist vehicles from Perranporth and St Just community fire stations were mobilized.

Crews are now down to 3 pumping devices and will continue to monitor the incident throughout the night.

Main road A closed in both directions

Road and traffic monitoring site Inrix reports:

A39 FALMOUTH ROAD – PENRYN – BOTH DIRECTIONS – CORNWALL

A39 Falmouth Road in both directions closed, heavy traffic due to a building fire at Ponsharden Dockyard, from Hillhead roundabout to Parade North.