Local fire crews attended the scene on Tuesday night after flames ripped through a boat in North London


Explosions could be heard on Tuesday evening after flames ripped through a boat on the River Lea in North London.

The 25ft cruiser was moored near Bream Close in Tottenham when the blaze took hold, leaving behind a charred shell.

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London Fire Brigade attended the scene after a member of the public reported hearing a bang and explosion by the river at 10.45pm.

Four fire engines and around 21 firefighters and officers from Tottenham and Walthamstow fire stations were called to the scene to tackle the blaze.

Crew manager Steve Hardy said: “The boat was well alight when firefighters arrived and quickly put the fire out, but the boat was severely damaged by the blaze.

“A propane gas cylinder inside the boat was cooled down and made safe.”

It took several hours to extinguish the blaze, with the fire coming under control shortly before 1am on Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire now under investigation.