Boat burns near Mat­a­peake fish­ing pier

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STEVENSVILLE — No one was re­ported in­jured in an ex­plo­sion and fire aboard a boat near the Mat­a­peake fish­ing pier on Sun­day evening, June 19.

It hap­pened about 7:15 p.m. as the boat was ap­proach­ing the boat ramp at Mat­a­peake, said Buddy Thomas, chief of the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment. As the boat was com­ing in, he said, one of its mo­tors cut out and when an at­tempt was made to restart it, there was an ex­plo­sion and fire.

Four peo­ple who were aboard, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were able to jump off the boat into the shal­low wa­ter near the ramp, Thomas said. One re­port said that a dog also es­caped in­jury by jump­ing over­board, but Thomas could not con­firm that.

“It was burned up pretty good when we got there,” Thomas said of the boat, which was de­scribed by Mar yland Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice spokesper­son Candy Thom­son as a 25-foot ves­sel built in 1977.

Thomas said fire­fight­ers kept watch over the boat as the fire burned not only the ves­sel but also oil and other flammable ma­te­ri­als. He said the boat burned down to the wa­ter­line.

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