Boat fire at Pope’s Island Marina considered a ‘multi-million dollar loss’

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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.”

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