Cannonballs burnt out several boats and vehicles in a massive fire Friday at the Matapoisett, Massachusetts marina The black smoke is so thick that it can be detected by weather radar. Firefighters in the area responded to the blaze, including Providence, Rhode Island, about 30 miles away.
People who answered calls at the Mattapoisett fire and police stations said no one was available for comment. It was unclear if anyone was hurt.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Areas hit by fire are at increased risk of fires due to drought Friday, part of the National Weather Service was. and strong winds. It sent a plume of thick black smoke over southeastern Massachusetts, visible for miles.
It said it detected "most likely a plume of smoke" at Matapoiset.
His Richard Walker, 72, of Mattapoisett, was out riding his motorcycle when he spotted thick black smoke. He drove to the town beach and shot a short video. He said he could see it five miles away if he kept on riding. said Walker. "Thankfully there seemed to be a lot of people out boating in the harbour. Not too many in the yard." I watched the fire from the back deck of the villa. She said the fire had cut off power in the area and closed the road to the popular beach and lighthouse just beyond the marina. The pops were very eerie," Fleming said.
"Smoke was billowing violently from the area. As soon as the smoke rose, it was replaced by a heavy black smoke."
Several others posted on social media.
According to the Mattapoisett Boatyard website, it has been a family-run marina since 1962, catering primarily to recreational boaters, and during the summer months. It has the capacity to store 150 vessels that are not in service or for sale.
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