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Date of Issue: February 16, 2006

Costly boat fire

Boat Fire
Boat Fire

Firefighters from West Manatee Fire & Rescue work to extinguish this boat fire Feb. 7 on a canal at 521 71st St. in Holmes Beach. According to WMFR officials, the boat was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The vessel was a total loss and sustained an estimated $55,000 in damages. Cause of the fire was listed as an electrical accident. Islander Photo (top): Bonner Joy

The fire raged out of control onboard “Surftractor,” a 33-foot Stuart Angler boat docked at 521 71st St. in Holmes Beach, before firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze. Islander Photo (bottom): Courtesy Tom Vetorino