NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The cause of a fire that destroyed a large boat at Pope’s Island Marina Monday evening is under investigation, according to New Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kruger.
Kruger tells 12 News the boat has been deemed a “multi-million dollar loss.”
The boat contained 500 gallons of fuel, according to Kruger, which made fighting the flames difficult.
Photos: Boat fire erupts at Pope’s Island Marina (Story continues below gallery.)
“It’s a stubborn fire, even though it’s low in the water,” Kruger said.
The boat is also made of fiberglass, Kruger said, which when burned creates toxic fumes and poses a health risk for firefighters.
Smoke could be seen for miles as flames tore through the vessel. Firefighters were seen spraying water and foam onto the boat from WPRI-12’s New Bedford Harbor Cam.
No injuries were reported, Kruger said.
“It’s going to be a tough scene to investigate,” Kruger said. “It’s tough trying to put the pieces together.”