Video: 2 injured in Mass. boat explosion, fire
2 people and a dog were rescued after an explosion sent them into the water at Gloucester Harbor
By Rick Sobey
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — A boat explosion in Gloucester sent two people to the hospital on Monday after first responders pulled them from the water, according to officials.
A dog was also rescued following the boat explosion in Gloucester Harbor, the city’s police chief reported.
Gloucester firefighters just before 9 a.m. responded to reports of a boat on fire near the Blynman Bridge, with people in the water. Upon arrival, crews saw that a boat was engulfed in flames.
Rescuers were able to pull the two people from the water, and they were transported to area hospitals for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Gloucester Police Boat then began a direct attack on the flames. The Gloucester Harbormaster towed the vessel back to shore, where Gloucester Fire extinguished the fire.
The U.S. Coast Guard provided assistance in managing the waterway while these efforts were ongoing.
The Blynman Bridge was closed during the response. It has since reopened.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Gloucester Fire Department.