Swansea fire crews put down boat fire

swansea boat fire

WPRO News

Fire crews were on scene at Pearse Road in Swansea Wednesday morning fighting a fire which broke out on a motor boat.

Fire Chief Peter Burke said the flames broke out around 9:15a.m. after an reported explosion in the boat engine.

“[The operator] was starting it and some sort of explosion happened, that’s what caused the fire; probably from the gasoline engine,” said Burke.

Burke says firefighters were able to quickly put the flames out and were able to tow the boat back to a boat dock. He says a man was taken to the hospital out of precaution with non-life threatening injuries.

Eyewitness Carol Demarais said she was out for a morning run when she heard a man calling for help.

“I heard a guy call for 911 that a boat was on fire, turned around and looked and the boat was smoking,” said Demarais “it smoked for about 20 minutes when it all of a sudden just blew up into full flames.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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