Two fires in New Bedford catch a garage and a fishing boat on the same day


NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford firefighters put out two fires Wednesday in which a town garage caught fire early in the morning, before a fishing boat also caught fire hours later.

No injuries were reported in the two incidents, according to statements released by firefighters.

At 3:45 a.m. on January 12, the department received a 911 call from a passerby reporting smoke coming from a one-story building that houses a garage and two other businesses on Brook Street.

Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the roof at the northwest corner of the building.

After forcing entry, they discovered the sprinkler system was on – but the fire was coming from a wooden structure that stretched above the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the fire on the roof and inside the building.

The ministry’s investigation unit discovered that a vent pipe from a waste oil heater had ignited combustible roofing material, starting the fire.

Then, just before 11 a.m. that same morning, the fire department received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire on a fishing boat at the southeast end of Leonard’s Wharf.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from the Prowess, which was moored to two other fishing boats at the time.

District Chief Brian Medeiros said it was a small fire contained within the ship’s wheelhouse.

Six crew members, including the ship’s owner, were on board at the time, but no injuries were reported, according to Medeiros.

Crews managed to extinguish the fire with a hose within minutes, he said.

The boat suffered minimal damage.

The cause of the fire turned out to be accidental.

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