Tisbury firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed two boats and damaged a storage trailer and storage unit off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Thursday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze.
Fire chief John Schilling said the fire started just after 3:30 p.m. behind Carroll’s Moving & Trucking while workers were taking apart a fiberglass, gas-powered boat with an excavator. There was apparently some fuel left in the tank, he said, which sparked and caught fire.
The fire then spread to a second boat, as well as a nearby storage trailer that was filled with wood and railroad tires, he said.
“Fiberglass is extremely difficult to extinguish,” said Chief Schilling. “It requires copious amounts of water. We had a hydrant, but it was a long way away from the scene.”
All Tisbury units responded, including six fire trucks, police and ambulances.
Traffic snarled along Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road at mid-afternoon as the busy roadway, already obstructed by a construction crew replacing telephone phones, became clogged with emergency response vehicles. Chief Schilling said the traffic did not disrupt emergency response, which he said “all in all went very smoothly.”
All units cleared the scene by 6 p.m.
At present the Tisbury Fire Department is trying to contact the owner of the second damaged boat, Mr. Schilling said.