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Vacuum cleaner blamed for £10m Cutty Sark blaze

PUBLISHED: 13:31 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

A fire which caused £10m damage to the Cutty Sark was sparked by electrical machinery, police have said. Police said an industrial vacuum cleaner accidentally left switched on for two days caused the blaze. The fire caused serious damage to the 19th Cen

A fire which caused £10m damage to the Cutty Sark was sparked by electrical machinery, police have said.

Police said an industrial vacuum cleaner accidentally left switched on for two days caused the blaze.

The fire caused serious damage to the 19th Century ship, based in Greenwich, south-east London, in May last year.

Conservation work was taking place on the vessel at the time, and the fire damage raised the total cost of the ongoing restoration by £10m to £35m.

The vacuum cleaner was being used to remove waste from the ship as part of a renovation work.

Investigators said it had been left running throughout the weekend before the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday 21 May, 2007.

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