Five yachts berthed at Ramsgate Marina in southeast England were damaged after one caught fire early this morning.

The yacht on which the fire started led to an explosion, resulting in the craft eventually sinking. The owner of the yacht managed to scramble to safety before the explosion.

The fire resulted in flames reaching four other craft and one was left seriously damaged and listing.

The Kent Fire and Rescue Service were quickly on the scene and at the height of the outbreak some 20 firemen were fighting the fire.

The blaze was brought under control in about two hours and as far is understood only one person had to be treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

An investigation into the fire is now underway by Kent Police.