A large fire consumes boats, buildings and vehicles at the shipyard

MATTAPOISETT, Mass. (AP) — Several boats, buildings and vehicles were destroyed by a large fire at a Massachusetts shipyard on Friday.

Aerial video taken by WCVB-TV showed several boats and vehicles at the Mattapoisett Naval Shipyard, either shells burning or consumed by flames. Firefighters from across the region, including as far away as Providence, Rhode Island about 30 miles away, responded to the blaze.

People who picked up the phones for the Mattapoisett Fire and Police Department said no one was available for comment. It was unclear if anyone had been injured.

The area of ​​the fire was part of a weather service warning on Friday of high fire danger due to drought and high winds. It sent a plume of dense black smoke over southeastern Massachusetts that could be seen for miles.

The National Weather Service said on Twitter that his radar had detected “what is most likely a plume of smoke” at Mattapoisett.

Several other people posted images and video of the fire and smoke on social media.

The Mattapoisett Boatyard website states that it has been a family-run marina since 1962, catering primarily to boaters, and has the capacity to store up to 150 vessels over the summer that are not in use or at rest. sale.

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