The Var firefighters are working on the port of Saint Pierre de Hyères in the Var. An explosion occurred around 11:30 am on a boat which was refueling.
The SDIS of Var is intervening with 30 firefighters this Saturday, August 28 following an explosion at the port of Hyères in the Var.
A boat of about 10 meters which was refueling indeed caught fire.
It could be that an accumulation of gasoline vapor in the bilge of the boat caught fire during the restart, this is very rare. To our knowledge, no one smoked at the time of refueling. Three people were on board the boat,
The boat which caught fire was towed out to sea, presumably to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats in the port.# Hyères #Explosion@pEggYon @Varmatin_Hyeres @Var_Matin @villedhyeres pic.twitter.com/Wn8Oz5StU6
– ⭐️ Isa de Monaco ⭐️ (@isa_de_monaco) August 28, 2021
The first report shows several victims. Four people are involved including:
- A victim in absolute urgency. It is about a 59-year-old woman, she was on the platform at the time of the facts. She has burns all over her body, she was evacuated to the Toulon Sainte-Anne hospital center specializing in severe burns.
- Two people are slightly injured. A 14-year-old girl, who was on board, and a 50-year-old man. The latter was shocked by the facts but does not bear “visible” injuries in the words of Captain Olivier Pécot of SDIS 83.
- One person is unharmed.
Three firefighting devices and a rocket-foam concentrate are used to replenish the tanks.
The boat first drifted into the harbor.
EXPLOSION AT HYÈRES – A very strong explosion sounded at the port of # Hyères while a boat was refueling. The first report shows 3 wounded including 1 person burned on the whole body. #Var_Morning pic.twitter.com/pOPkdrE93M
– N24 (@ N24brk) August 28, 2021
The star Faustin II of Var firefighters intervened and towed it again on fire off the harbor to prevent spread to other boats.
At 1 pm, the firefighters told us that the ship was still burning “400 m in front of the port entrance passes”.
Two sailboats were damaged. No oil pollution was observed, the white foam still visible in the port is that of fire fighting used by the SDIS. It must degrade gradually without polluting.
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