June 7, 2012 | Vol. 39, No.23

Fire claims boat early Tuesday morning

The early morning hours of Tuesday found the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department at work extinguishing a blaze aboard a 17 foot Lund in the 300 block off of South Nordic Drive in a residential area.

“The boat was completely destroyed, and it burned through the aluminum in some places,” Assistant Fire Chief David Berg said. “But the outboards may be salvageable.”

The fire melted the tarp on an adjacent shed and the paint on the house blistered. “The fire got really hot,” Berg said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The owner of the home was cooling the house with a garden hose when firefighters arrived on scene.

PVFD arrived with two trucks and about 10 volunteer firefighters to save the home of the Petersburg resident.

“We had enough water to put the fire out,” Berg said. “We didn't have to hook to any hydrants and had the situation under control in about an hour.”

A battery charger was plugged into the house and connected to the battery of the boat.

“We suspect the charger may be the cause of the fire,” Berg said. “But an investigation is still ongoing as to the official cause.”

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