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Fireboat drama on the South Bank

The fireboat was called to the South Bank on Saturday morning when a wooden beam on the river wall caught fire.

Fireboat drama on the South Bank
Photo: Justin Dillon

Fire engines and the fireboat from Lambeth tackled the blaze just upstream of Blackfriars Bridge.

Tourists and Londoners out for a stroll on the Thames Path gathered to watch the fire crews in action.

One theory is that the fire could have been started by a dropped cigarette.

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