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WFD: Fuel Explosion Reported, Boat Fire Burns Man Saturday

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Marine 4 extinguishes a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina.

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Marine 4 extinguishes a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Marine 4 extinguishes a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina.
WARWICK, RI — An unidentified man who suffered “minor to moderate” burns to his extremities in a boat fire Saturday at 4:45 p.m. had just finished fueling the vessel when it caught fire at the Fair Winds Marina, the Warwick Fire Department reports.

An initial investigation and information from witnesses at the scene indicates the fire was the result of a fuel vapor explosion. The man had just finished putting about 50 gallons of fuel in the boat, Govueia said.

The man had been living on the boat, said Govueia.

When firefighters aboard Marine 4 arrived at the 2 Seminole St. location, the boat, which had been connected to the end of the fuel deck, was no longer connected, he said.

The Marine 4 unit directed water at the fire and towed the boat to the Oakland Beach boat ramp so they could extinguish the entire boat, Govueia said. Extinguishing the fire took about 45 minutes.

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Govueia said that once the fire was out, the firefighters used a crusher to compact the boat and disposed of it in a dumpster.

The identity of the man has not been released as the State Fire Marshal’s Office investigates the fire and the DEM investigates the possible impact of fuel in the water, both routine responses in the case of a fire on the water.

[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Black smoke from a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina filled the sky with thick black smoke.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Black smoke from a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina filled the sky with thick black smoke.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Black smoke from a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina filled the sky with thick black smoke.
[CREDIT: Lincoln Smith] Black smoke from a boat fire Saturday at the Fair Winds Marina filled the sky with thick black smoke. In this photo, the boat fire is visible through the canopy of another boat at the Fair Wind Marina.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.