Fa­tal boat fire on K& A

KEN­NET & AVON

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A BOATER DIED as a re­sult of a fire on board his nar­row­boat on the Ken­net & Avon Canal.

Wilt­shire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice sent crews and res­cue equip­ment from three lo­cal fire sta­tions to the canal at Brad­fordupon-Avon af­ter the alarm was raised by a passer-by in the early hours of 10 Jan­uary.

Fire­fight­ers tack­ling the blaze found the body of 44-year-old Paul Wright on the floor of the boat’s cabin. An in­quest has been ad­journed un­til April or May, but po­lice are treat­ing the death as ac­ci­den­tal.

This is not the first fa­tal fire on this length of canal. The Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice has re­sponded by bring­ing for­ward al­ready-planned boat fire safety talks held in canal­side pubs. Trow­bridge Fire Sta­tion also of­fers free boat safety checks. See wilts­fire.gov.uk.

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