Investigations underway as motorboat is ‘completely destroyed’ by fire near Surbiton

By Oliver Monk

8th Jul 2024 | Local News

A boat has been destroyed after catching on fire while moored on the River Thames near London River Yacht Club in Surbiton.

The emergency services were called to the scene at 3:18am yesterday, Sunday 7 July, by local resident Shanav Shah.

Tweeting later that evening, Mr Shah said 'the boat had started drifting towards Kingston Bridge' before it was brought under control by a team of ten firefighters from Kingston and Surbiton fire stations at 3:38am.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, with the incident under investigation by both London Fire Brigade (LFB) and the Metropolitan Police.

An LFB spokesperson said: "Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters responded to a fire involving a boat moored near Surbiton on the River Thames.

"A 10 foot motorboat was completely destroyed by the fire. There are no reports of any injuries. 

"The Brigade was first called about the incident at 3:18am, and crews had the fire under control by 3:38am. Firefighters from Surbiton and Kingston fire stations attended the scene. 

"The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service."


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