Police investigating Fall River tugboat fire

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A fire broke out on a tugboat in Fall River early Monday morning.

The call came in around 4 a.m. from those on the Somerset side of the river who saw heavy flames and smoke coming from the tugboat, the Navigator, according to Fall River Dis. Chief Ron Sevigni.

The fire was on two decks of the Navigator and did not spread. The scene was far from a fire hydrant, causing issues on how fast crews could get water on the boat, Sevigni said, but crews were still able to extinguish the flames quickly.

“We had water supply issues due to our proximity to a hydrant so we laid a 1,000 food supply line,” Sevigni said. “It’s time consuming due to the fact it’s a large diameter four-inch line that pumps 1,000 gallons of water per minute just to assist because we had no idea what was going on with the boat and whether there was fire on the lower decks.”

No injuries were reported and no one was on the Navigator at the time of the fire.

Sevigni said even with the delays, crews were about to minimize the damage.

“We had four engine companies, two ladder trucks and a heavy rescue all assisting, knocking down the fire,” he said. “It was a bit of an effort by the guys.”

The U.S. Coast Guard and Fall River Police Department are assisting in the investigation as to what caused the fire.

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