Mattapoisett shipyard fires: More than 100 firefighters respond to massive fire at Massachusetts shipyard
A huge shipyard in Mattapoisett, Mass., filled the skies over Buzzard’s Bay with black smoke on Friday and damaged dozens of boats and cars as well as several structures, CNN affiliate WCVB reported.
“We’ve had an awful lot of fires in the main building and surrounding buildings,” Mattapoisett Fire Chief Andrew Murray said at a news conference near the shipyard.
At least four people were injured in the blaze, including three firefighters, according to Murray. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze. Fireboats were also called in, pumping water from the ocean, he added.
Murray said winds played a part in the fire. “The winds definitely pushed the fire,” Murray said. A total of five buildings were affected by the fire, Murray added.
Residents near the marina heard explosions around 1:30 p.m., according to WCVB.
Torrey Gibb told CNN he was working on a nearby house when he heard a loud explosion. He walked over to where he saw a plume of black smoke and discovered flames tearing through the shipyard.
Videos taken by Gibb from the shipyard show the fire engulfing boats, setting cars on fire and burning structures. He says he saw at least 15 to 20 burning cars.
Gibb said the flames increased exponentially within 10 minutes. Shortly after emergency personnel arrived, he said. Another video, taken by Gibb remotely, shows a house on fire with thick black smoke belching into the air. Gibb said he could still feel the heat from the fire about 300 feet away.
Rosa Giberti saw the fire 2,000 feet in the air. His father was giving him flying lessons when they spotted the smoke.
Videos taken by her show several boats and structures on fire. She said that within 15 minutes the whole yard was on fire. The plume of smoke was so thick it cast a shadow on the coast, his videos show.
Boston’s National Weather Service detected the smoke plume on its radar, it said in a tweet.
The incident is under investigation.