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Scituate lobster boat destroyed by fire

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 31, 2013 12:07 PM

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Though strong winds didn’t cause too much property damage on dry land, they apparently worsened a boat fire in Scituate Harbor.

According to Harbormaster Mark Patterson, the fire on the 44-foot lobster boat took place around 4 a.m. “We don’t know the cause of the fire, but the boat was a total loss,” Patterson said. “Whatever remains of it was the north end of the inner harbor.”

No one was on board at the time of the fire.

Patterson said the boat was tied to a dock, but that the line seems to have burned through before the fire could reach dry land. The wind then blew the vessel off the dock and into the water.

“There is really only a couple other boats in this part of the harbor, so fortunately there were no other boats or structures involved,” Patterson said.

Though Patterson said he wasn’t at the scene at the time of the fire, reported 60-mile-per-hour winds most likely didn’t help the blaze.

“The winds were blowing fiercely; I can only imagine it was fanning the flames,” he said.

The Coast Guard and Scituate Fire Department were investigating the incident. At this time, there seems to have been no environmental impact from the fire.

Patterson said the town was talking with the owner of how to remove what remains of the boat from the water.

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