The fire lasted about an hour and a half. The forward bomb evacuation hole, a rectangle cut into the Petty Officer’s Mess, can be seen just underneath the Exocet mounting, with fire-hoses draped down the ships’ side. The First Lieutenant climbed down a rope on the outside of the ship and swung himself into the PO’s mess to assess the blaze. Just forward of the Exocet, the SeaCat missile launcher can be seen with two live missiles nearside.
Just aft of the exocets, I think that's actually me, opening the foc'sle hatch so we could see what we were doing below decks. We then lifted the blisteringly hot oxygen & acetylene welding bottles stored on the focs'le and rolled them over the side.
After opening the foc'sle hatch, the ship was enveloped in smoke. In retrospect, not such a good idea.