Firefighters respond to Gales Ferry Marina for boat on fire

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Ledyard — The fire marshal is investigating what caused a winterized boat at Gales Ferry Marina to burst into flames Thursday afternoon, according to fire officials.

About 1:30 p.m., the Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company responded to multiple calls reporting smoke coming from a boat at the marina on Chapman Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found one boat “heavily involved in fire” and four others at risk of being damaged, Chief Tony Saccone said.

Firefighters protected the other boats from suffering further damage and then used foam spray to extinguish the blaze due to concerns that diesel fuel had ignited, Saccone said.

After about an hour, Saccone said, the fire was extinguished and firefighters had checked all other boats to ensure the flames had not spread.

The boat that caught fire was heavily damaged and the four others sustained minor damage, Saccone said.

The fire department contacted the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection because fuel may have run off into the Thames River, Saccone said, but the agency did not respond.

The boat’s owner responded to the scene as well, and is assisting the fire marshal’s investigation. No firefighters were injured battling the boat fire.

c.young@theday.com

Twitter: @ColinAYoung

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