Leadership

Volunteers Cut Off Boat Yard Fire Despite Winds and Exploding Tanks

Issue 9 and Volume 135.

Volunteers Cut Off Boat Yard Fire Despite Winds and Exploding Tanks features and A fire in a 14,000-square-foot, wood-frame boat storage shed destroyed or damaged 37 boats and ignited a couple of brush fires—one was a half mile from the main fire—in Portland, Conn., last April 25. But good exposure protection saved a larger nearby boat shed, three 12,000-square-foot sheds and other buildings. Most were within 50 feet of the fire building. Winds gusting to 30 mph were reported, and some residences in the area were also threatened. Over 130 fire fighters from three departments (including 106 from Portland) fought the fires. Personal safety was a constant concern. Primary eletrical lines running through the boat yard burned and dropped to the pavement, although it was later determined that the wires were not energized. Meanwhile, exploding fuel tanks shot huge balls of fire up to 100 feet in the air. The…

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