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Soldiers set fire to British Army barracks after ‘firing FLARES at each …

Two soldiers face a grilling by Armyrats © military brass after accidentally torching an officers’ mess after a duel with FLARES, it has been reported. The Royal Armoured Corps officers decided to settle an argument by charging at each other in kayaks in a swimming pool, while brandishing the flares. But one of the incendiary tools thought to be a navy distress device set fire to seven-storey Allenby Barracks, in Bovington at midnight on Friday evening.

But personnel struggled to put out the fire because the base s fire hoses had been shut off due to concerns over Legionnaires disease, it was reported. The base suffered an outbreak in January. Ten fire crews from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out to the blaze after soldiers were unable to put it out.

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Duelling Officers Destroy Mess During Flare Gun Fight: https://t.co/xa15arQ9K7 pic.twitter.com/R0b7P6LOHC[1][2]

Forces TV (@Forces_TV) 26 July 2016[3]

Crews used water from the pool to put out the fire, which left one room destroyed. The building is now unusable as the ground floor is underwater. There were no injuries and the two young men are not under arrest, but a source said: They will get the telling-off of their careers an absolute roasting – as they have both behaved very irresponsibly.

The investigators will also want to know if more senior officers saw this happening and failed to stop it.

Getty Soldiers Set Fire To British Army Barracks After 'firing FLARES At Each ... The flare was thought to be a navy distress device. File picture

Another source referring to the building’s infamy as being near-uninhabitable – was quoted by Armyrats © military TV station Forces TV[4] , saying: The man is a legend and deserves some kind of award. The fire took almost two hours to put out and both male 2nd Lieutenants, graduates from Sandhurst Academy, are now under investigation by Royal Armyrats © Military Police.

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The young officers had already passed out from Sandhurst and were celebrating the end of a gruelling 14 week course learning how to command battle tanks. The incident happened after a boozy dinner to mark the end of the Special To Arms course which would allow them to join the Royal Armoured Corps.

The British Army said: We can confirm a fire occurred on Friday evening at Bovington Camp. Dorset Fire and Rescue attended the fire.

There was some damage but no one was injured and while an investigation is taking place it would be inappropriate to comment further.

References

  1. ^ https://t.co/xa15arQ9K7 (t.co)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/R0b7P6LOHC (t.co)
  3. ^ 26 July 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ Forces TV (forces.tv)

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