PEOPLE living on canal boats raised the alarm when fire ripped through a boat at Sells Green near Seend last night (February 3).

Today investigations are going on to decide if the fire was started deliberately.

Dorset and Wiltshire fire service said: "We were called to Scott Wharf Bridge on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Sells Green at 9.18pm last night for a fire involving a narrow boat.

"Five fire engines were sent, two from Devizes, two from Trowbridge and one from Melksham, along with an operational support unit from Swindon, a water rescue vehicle from Trowbridge and a Land Rover pump from Westbury.

"The stop came at 10.54pm, everyone had been accounted for but the boat had been destroyed.

"Two breathing apparatus wearers, two main jets and a light portable pump were used to fight the fire.

"The cause of the fire is being investigated today."

Police closed the canal footpath at 10.05pm. The boat was completely destroyed.

More updates to follow.