Yacht worth £6m goes up in flames in Torquay

Torquay seafront has been evacuated after an 85-foot long yacht caught fire in the harbour.

Eight fire engines responded to a large fire in Torquay harbour at lunchtime, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesperson said: “85ft motorboat on fire. Fire crews called at 11.57am. Eight fire engines on the scene. Liaising with the harbourmaster.”

The fire service confirmed that the inferno has taken hold on the pier as the flames spread along the mooring ropes that attached the burning boat to the shore.

The boat, an 85ft Princess which is thought to be worth £6million, reportedly drifted out into the harbour after the fire broke out onboard and the ropes securing it to the pier burnt through.

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