Massive fire at Mattapoisett wharf destroys buildings, cars and boats

Crews fought 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 broke out at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett Boatyard on Ned’s Point. An employee’s brother and witnesses told WCVB there was a series of explosions before the 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 just kept hearing bangs – explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour there must have been 50 explosions that just went off every now and then,” said one witness. When Sky 5 arrived on the scene, several buildings, several boats and about two dozen cars were engulfed in flames or burnt-out shells. A heavy, thick plume of black smoke could be seen for miles on the horizon. Several fire engines were working to extinguish the flames from above, and a fire boat sprayed water onto the fire from a dock in Mattapoisett Harbour. Rescuers from the area came to the rescue. There was no immediate information available on a cause. Radar detected the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of ​​the fire was part of a National Weather Service warning Friday of an increased fire risk due to drought and high winds. Mattapoisett city officials said residents may experience discolored water as a result of the fire.

Crews fought 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 broke out at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett Boatyard on Ned’s Point. An employee’s brother and witnesses told WCVB there was a series of explosions before the 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 just kept hearing bangs – explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour there must have been 50 explosions that just went off every now and then,” said one witness.

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

Several fire engines worked to extinguish the flames from above and a fire boat sprayed water on the fire from a dock in Mattapoisett Harbor. Rescuers from the area came to the rescue.

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There was no immediate information available on a cause.

Radar detected the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of ​​the fire was part of a National Weather Service warning Friday of an increased fire risk due to drought and high winds.

Mattapoisett city officials said residents could experience discolored water as a result of the fire.

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