NEWBURYPORT– The Newburyport Fire Department put out a boat fire Friday morning at Cashman Park.
At about 8:30 a.m., the fire department received multiple 911 calls about a boat on fire on the park's launch ramp, located on Sally Snyder Way. When they got there, firefighters were met with heavy smoke and flames, which had engulfed the 1988 Hydra-Sports boat, according to a press release.
The owner, a man from Seabrook, had the 25-foot fiber fiberglass boat hitched to a U-Haul truck and trailer, and was trying to put it in the water. When he started the second engine, the area by the battery caught fire.
Using an extinguisher onboard the boat, the man tried to put out the fire but was unable to reach the flames, the release said.
Firefighters from Newburyport Engine 1 and Engine 2 used three attack lines, one with foam, to knock down the fire. The Salisbury Fire Department also arrived to help with the overhaul. Crews cleared the scene around 10 a.m.
The Seabrook man was evaluated and treated on scene by Atlantic Ambulance. No other injuries were reported.
The boat, which was insured, was completely destroyed and towed from the scene. Both the U-Haul and trailer did not sustain any damage.
"Unfortunately, this man lost his boat today, but thankfully no one was seriously injured," said Fire Chief Chris LeClaire. "The man did the right thing by backing off and calling for help once he realized the fire was beyond his control. A quick response and aggressive attack by our personnel contained this incident and kept the fire from spreading."