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At Burgh St Peter today we saw what all boaters fear,
a cruiser on fire. when we arrived we saw smoke coming from a boat moored at the shop, which was being tackled by several people with fire extinguishers. It soon got completely out of hand and everybody had to just stand and watch it burn,Fortunately the crew managed to get off with help, but the boat which we think was a private Freeman was completely destroyed by the time the fire brigade arrived. We under stand that the boat had just filled up with 90 ltrs of petrol
and it was ignited by starting the engine.It was a quite disturbing experience, with black smoke blotting out the midday sun.

                  Steve

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Scary stuff innit, Steve? We saw one go up many years ago at Beccles. Not nice at all. At least the crews were safe in both cases.

John

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Gosh thats awful!

Lets hope it wasnt a members boat...

But very sad for the owners.

We had a very narrow escape with a bad petrol leak... and that was scary enough I can tell you.

Keep safe everyone,

Karen

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I was there too, really not a nice sight

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You`re right, not a pretty sight, owners must be devistated, but thank god nobody was hurt!
Karens right, stay safe everyone!

Nige.

PS. Welcome to the site Snowy, another Oulton member hey  Smile

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God what a sight. If that was my boat I would be totally gutted. The fact that no one was hurt is really good but my deepest sympathy goes out to the owners. She looked a really lovely boat.

I have a real fear of petrol powered boats for some reason and this just goes to reasure my fear.

I know diesel boats set on fire as well but there is just something that bothers me about living next to a petrol tank? Is it just me or what?

Dont mean to alarm all you petrol boat owners by th way, sorry if I have  Tinhat

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Fortunately nobody was hurt in this incident but it was frightening how quickly the flames started hopping along the quayside. Both willow trees were scorched and the electric & water bollard some distance from the fire is a write-off.

The owners were of course devastated and the boat sank before we could get it pumped out. We are going to attempt recovery later on today.

What amazed me was the refusal of onlookers to remove themselves from the area of the fire despite being asked by our staff, who were themselves acting under the instructions of the fire brigade. When you are trying to prevent an already perilous situation from becoming worse it is not helpful to have to argue with bystanders and give reasons for asking them to move. There was 70L of petrol onboard and most of it did not go up - the fuel tank is still intact. Imagine the explosion if the fire fighters had not brought the blaze under control.

My thanks to all those who assisted with the operation, including our staff who were praised by the owners and the fire brigade for their handling of the situation.


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What a terrible incident, the owners must be devastated, but atleast no one was hurt and their were no other boats nearby.

Incidenetally that boat (Blue Lightning II) used to be on the Ouse until a couple of years ago and was a beautiful boat, i saw it on the Broads the other year aswell looking immaculate. It was a Freeman 23.

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It is a sorry sight.
I own a Freeman 23 and can only wonder how they feel.

18 months ago I had an office fire and lost everything so have an idea of what they are going through.

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An old boat, infact a very nice old boat. A tragedy for the owners.

I wonder, had she got a B.S.S. certificate?

Re people who won't move, as refered to by James. In the days of maroons, big fireworks, I was on duty at the Coast Guard Station at Lowestoft. I had to call out the Lifeboat for a Dutch Sail Training Vessel that was aground. We had mortars set into the ground and a large block of concrete to go behind as the mortar went off, just incase it exploded on takeoff.

It was the early hours yet this bloke was out walking his pooch. I asked/ordered him to move, three times. I invited him behind the block of concrete. He just stood there and watched. In the end I ignited the thing, a ten pound device, and left him to it. I had the lives of forty young Dutch folk, or one doddery old Englishman to consider. The bloke complained afterwards!!! I'd scared his dog! And he never scooped the poop!

I have witnessed three boat fires, not the fuel that was the problem so much as the calor gas cylinders. When they go off the cylinders come back to earth like flattened tin foil!  

Jenny Morgan, the Oulton Bard!

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