Superyacht carrying 8,000 litres of fuel sinks after going up in flames in Torquay

A superyacht that was carrying around 8,000 litres of fuel has sunk after it went up in flames while moored in a Torquay marina.

Firefighters battled the blaze as it ripped through the 85ft vessel earlier on Saturday, with the fire service confirming at 1.30pm that part of the pier was also on fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said it had five appliances at the scene, and the case has been handed over to the Environment Agency and the harbourmaster.

Officers evacuated a nearby beach and roads, with one witness describing the blaze as "like a fireball".

Police said the cause of the fire is currently being treated as unexplained.

By around 6pm, the fire was out and crews were working on damping down the pier, a DSFRS spokesperson said.

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