Massive shipyard fire destroys buildings, cars and boats


Crews battled a massive fire Friday afternoon that destroyed buildings, cars and ships at a shipyard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At least one person was injured and an unknown number of firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said. The fire started around 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett shipyard in Ned’s Point. An employee’s brother and witnesses told WCVB there were a series of explosions before flames and black smoke consumed the entire property. “Suddenly, black smoke. Thick, thick, thick black smoke. So we sat there for a while, and we kept hearing the explosions – explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour there must have been 50 explosions that went off intermittently,” a witness said. When Sky 5 arrived on the scene, several buildings, several boats and about two dozen cars were in flames or shells burned. A thick, thick plume of black smoke could be seen on the horizon for miles. Several fire engines worked to douse the flames from above, and a fire boat sprayed water on the blaze from a dock in Mattapoisett Harbor. Crews from surrounding areas stepped in to help. There was no information immediately available on a cause. Radar picked up the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of ​​the fire was part of a warning from the National Weather Service on Friday of high fire danger due to drought and high winds. City of Mattapoisett officials said residents may experience discolored water from the fire.

Crews battled a massive fire Friday afternoon that destroyed buildings, cars and ships at a shipyard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At least one person was injured and an unknown number of firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The fire started around 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett shipyard in Ned’s Point. An employee’s brother and witnesses told WCVB there were a series of explosions before flames and black smoke consumed the entire property.

“All of a sudden, black smoke. Thick, thick, thick black smoke. So we sat there for a while, and we kept hearing the explosions – explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour there must have been 50 explosions that went off intermittently,” a witness said.

When Sky 5 arrived on the scene, several buildings, several boats and about two dozen cars were in flames or shells burned. A thick, thick plume of black smoke could be seen on the horizon for miles.

Several fire engines worked to put out the flames from above and a fire boat sprayed water on the fire from a wharf in the port of Mattapoisett. Crews from surrounding areas stepped in to help.

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There was no information immediately available on a cause.

Radar picked up the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of ​​the fire was part of a warning from the National Weather Service on Friday of high fire danger due to drought and high winds.

City of Mattapoisett officials said residents may experience discolored water as a result of the fire.


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