Updated: Two boats burn on Wequaquet Lake in Centerville

CENTERVILLE – A boat caught fire on Wequaquet Lake around 11:45 AM Thursday morning. The vessel was fully involved when fire crews arrived. A second vessel was also reportedly damaged. Because of apparatus and hoses in the street, Shoot Flyinghill Road was shut down in the area. Firefighters deployed booms to contain the runoff from the fire. Officials reported the boat ramp would be closed for an unknown period of time. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire released the following statement: During the late morning hours at 11:41, Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department received a 911 call, reporting a boat fire at the Wequaquet Lake boat ramp. A 19 foot Sea Ray was fully involved and drifting into a mooring field. C- O-MM boat 313 was launched from the boat ramp in order to snag and pull the burning vessel away from the mooring field and return it to the boat ramp to extinguish the burning vessel. While deploying fire department resources, the burning Sea Ray came to rest against a moored pontoon boat, exposing the pontoon boat to fire. The Sea Ray then drifted away from the mooring field. Several attempts were made to snag the burning Sea Ray, but were unsuccessful. Since the Sea Ray drifted out of the mooring field the burning pontoon boat was then snagged and towed to the boat ramp, where it was extinguished. Boat 313 redeployed, snagged the burning Sea Ray, and towed it back to the boat ramp, where it was extinguished. A containment boom was placed in the water, around the two involved vessels, in order to contain debris. No fuel or oil was released into the water from either vessel. The Mass DEP, MASS Environmental police, Barnstable Police and Barnstable Harbor Master were also on scene. There were no civilian or first responder injuries.

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