Power cord fail­ure causes boat fire

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QUEEN­STOWN — Early Mon­day, March 14, vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments from through­out the county re­sponded to a Queen­stown boat fire, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice.

After wak­ing up to use the re­stroom in the mid­dle of the night, Wil­liam Al­lan III looked out the win­dow and saw his 30 foot, 2001 Pur­suit 3000 Off­shore, In­board En­gine boat on fire and called 911, Deputy John Grothe, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the fire mar­shal’s of­fice, said.

The fire, re­ported at 2:52 a.m. at 266 Quar­ter Creek Dr., was de­ter­mined to be ac­ci­den­tal as the re­sult of an elec­tri­cal fail­ure of an en­er­gized shore power line charg­ing bat­ter­ies and ap­pli­ances on the ves­sel, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The boat, which was hov­er­ing over the wa­ter on a lift in the pri­vate res­i­dence, had an es­ti­mated dam­age of $80,000 and con­tent dam­age of $20,000. It took 25 first re­spon­ders 30 min­utes to con­trol, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

An­other boat was on the dock but did not sus­tain any dam­ages, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment was the pri­mary com­pany on scene; Gra­sonville, Good­will and Kent Is­land also re­sponded.

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