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    FIRE INCIDENT INVESTIGATION

    Dust extractor caused Cutty Sark refurb fire 

    The fire on the Cutty Sark in May 2007 is reported to have been caused by a dust extractor left operating over the weekend.  Met Police Officers are understood to have concluded that power to the extractor was left on when workers at the site went home. The equipment caught fire in the early hours of the following Monday. There were no sprinklers on the dry dock site in Greenwich, southeast London, because they had been removed while the ship was being repaired.

    The inquiry was led by Detective Chief Inspector Garwood who is reported as saying that “renovation workmen were responsible for dangerous practices onboard, including electrical equipment often left plugged in, debris not removed immediately and loose electrical connections.”

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