Man rushed to hospital after beard catches fire

A MAN was taken to hospital after his beard caught alight during a houseboat blaze on Canvey.

The man, in his 70s, saw his beard go up in smoke when a gas canister used for cooking and heating exploded and went up in flames.

He was taken to Southend Hospital for treatment for facial burns, but was not badly hurt and was soon allowed to return home.

Crews from Canvey fire station were called to Bridge Boatyard, in Canvey Road, at 12.45pm on Saturday along with paramedics and the Canvey Coastguard team, who made sure the moored boat and surrounding vessels were safe.

Terry Trayler, crew manager at Canvey fire station, said: “The man really didn’t want to go to hospital, but where the gas canister had flared up it had burnt his beard and caused minor injuries to his face.

“It is always best to be cautious, in these situations, but fortunately he seemed to be fine.

“There was no serious damage caused to the boat which is good.

It could have been a lot worse.”

Bridge Boatyard is owned by supermarket giant Morrisons, which has stores in Hadleigh and on Canvey.

It was previously dubbed a “shanty town” and residents faced eviction after Castle Point Council put pressure on Morrisons to take action against people permanently living on the site.

It has since been transformed with the help of boat owner Steve Bines, 45, who took over temporary management of the yard.

Canvey Tory councillor Ray Howard said: “There is a lot of work going on there now to sort the site out. It’s located on the gateway to Canvey, so needs to be looking in top condition.”

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1:11pm Tue 24 Dec 13

kevst183 says...

Saw the headline and thought it might be Santa!!
Glad the victim is O.K
Saw the headline and thought it might be Santa!! Glad the victim is O.K kevst183

1:27pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

oh dear, he'll have to endure Santa jokes for years to come...

Hope he isn't thinking of having a Christmas pudding...
oh dear, he'll have to endure Santa jokes for years to come... Hope he isn't thinking of having a Christmas pudding... Kim Gandy

1:41pm Tue 24 Dec 13

.net says...

Chin up lad! Hope he gets better soon...
Chin up lad! Hope he gets better soon... .net

2:40pm Tue 24 Dec 13

danger2013 says...

hairy christmas mate!!!
hairy christmas mate!!! danger2013

5:06pm Tue 24 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

sounds like uncle Albert
sounds like uncle Albert DogsMessInLeigh

5:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

Are people still living permanently on site? The vehicles parked on the pavement and behind the redoubt (put in to stop them parking there at Council's tax payers expense) suggest otherwise.
Are people still living permanently on site? The vehicles parked on the pavement and behind the redoubt (put in to stop them parking there at Council's tax payers expense) suggest otherwise. John T Pharro

5:37pm Tue 24 Dec 13

runwellian says...

It could only happen on Canvey!
It could only happen on Canvey! runwellian

8:09am Wed 25 Dec 13

wickford-warrior says...

Wow that was a close shave !
Wow that was a close shave ! wickford-warrior

6:47pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Are people still living permanently on site? The vehicles parked on the pavement and behind the redoubt (put in to stop them parking there at Council's tax payers expense) suggest otherwise.
This sort of thing doesnt happen in decent areas, good luck
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Are people still living permanently on site? The vehicles parked on the pavement and behind the redoubt (put in to stop them parking there at Council's tax payers expense) suggest otherwise.[/p][/quote]This sort of thing doesnt happen in decent areas, good luck Nowthatsworthknowing

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