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UPDATE: Four taken to hospital after 'boat explosion' at Saxon Moorings in Old Windsor

UPDATE: Four taken to hospital after 'boat explosion' at Saxon Moorings in Old Windsor

David Lee

UPDATE: Four taken to hospital after 'boat explosion' at Saxon Moorings in Old Windsor

 Four people have been taken to hospital following a 'boat explosion' at Saxon Moorings in Old Windsor.

Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky and an Air Ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, four ambulance officers and three ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene at about 11.44am this morning.

Police, four fire engines and a specialist fire boat also attended after a 25ft leisure boat went up in flames.

The fire broke out while the boat was being refueled.

In total, five boats were damaged, including three which were completely destroyed.

Paramedics treated and assessed five patients, one female and four males for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

One male who was assessed did not require hospital treatment but a man and a women were taken to Wexham Park Hospital.

The two remaining men were taken to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

Reporter Tara O'Connor was at the scene and spoke to Dean Davis, who lives by the moorings in Church Road, said the fire started about an hour ago and it 'sounded like gun shots'.

He added: "I saw one guy come running down the road to direct the fire engine.

"His hair was singed and he was out of breath so I sat him down. He said one of the guys had to jump in the water."

After the fire, pontoons were released onto the river to stop pollution and debris spreading.

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