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82-foot luxury yacht goes up in flames at Pope’s Island

The bridge connecting New Bedford and Fairhaven was closed due to the fire, MassDOT said in a tweet.


Firefighters battled a blaze on an 82-foot yacht off of Pope’s Island in New Bedford Monday night, according to the US Coast Guard.

The boat caught fire in Fleet Marina around 5:37 p.m., Coast Guard officials said. USCG Station Menemsha, New Bedford police, and Fairhaven Fire Department were called to the scene.

The flames had gone down significantly as of 10:45 p.m., but first responders remained active on the scene, USCG petty officer Emma Fliszar said.

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