UPDATED: Boat burns on Fraser River


Langley firefighters battled a blaze on board a boat at a private dock along the shore of the Fraser River Tuesday morning.

The call came in at around 8:30 a.m., said assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson. The boat is located in the 10200 block of Allard Crescent

“Nobody was on board when it started,” Ferguson said, and no one was harmed by the fire

Firefighters were attempting to fight the blaze from the dock, and it took several hours and four fire crews in total to extinguish the flames.

Additional fire crews were called to the scene at 9:30 to relieve the original crews who had been fighting the fire for almost an hour.

There are hydrants along Allard Crescent, said Ferguson, so water was available.

A large portion of the boat burned, and what was left filled with water and sank next to the dock.

Ferguson believed a private company was to put booms in the area to contain any spilled fuel and oil from the power boat.

So far firefighters have no idea about the cause, and they may be hampered in any investigation because they don’t have anyone in Langley Township trained in shipboard fire investigation.

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