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Massive fire at boat yard destroys buildings

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Crews battled a massive fire Friday afternoon that has destroyed buildings, cars and vessels at a boat yard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At least one person was hurt and an unknown number of firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said. The fire broke out at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett Boatyard on Ned’s Point. The brother of an employee and witnesses told WCVB there was a series of explosions before the flames and black smoke consumed the entire property.“All of a sudden, black smoke. Thick, thick, thick black smoke. So, we sat there for a while, and we just kept hearing bangs — explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour, there had to have been 50 explosions just going off and off,” said one witness. When Sky 5 arrived over the scene, multiple buildings, several boats and about two dozen cars were in flames or burned-out shells. A heavy, thick plume of black smoke could be seen on the horizon for miles.Several fire engines worked to douse the flames from above, and a fire boat sprayed water on the fire from a dock in Mattapoisett Harbor. Crews from surrounding areas responded to help. There was no information immediately available about a cause. Radar detected the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of the fire was part of a National Weather Service warning Friday of elevated fire risk due to drought and high winds.Mattapoisett town officials said residents may experience discolored water as a result of the fire.

MATTAPOISETT, Mass. —

Crews battled a massive fire Friday afternoon that has destroyed buildings, cars and vessels at a boat yard in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At least one person was hurt and an unknown number of firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The fire broke out at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Mattapoisett Boatyard on Ned’s Point. The brother of an employee and witnesses told WCVB there was a series of explosions before the flames and black smoke consumed the entire property.

“All of a sudden, black smoke. Thick, thick, thick black smoke. So, we sat there for a while, and we just kept hearing bangs — explosion after explosion. I mean, in an hour, there had to have been 50 explosions just going off and off,” said one witness.

When Sky 5 arrived over the scene, multiple buildings, several boats and about two dozen cars were in flames or burned-out shells. A heavy, thick plume of black smoke could be seen on the horizon for miles.

Several fire engines worked to douse the flames from above, and a fire boat sprayed water on the fire from a dock in Mattapoisett Harbor. Crews from surrounding areas responded to help.

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There was no information immediately available about a cause.

Radar detected the plume of smoke coming from Mattapoisett, the National Weather Service said. The area of the fire was part of a National Weather Service warning Friday of elevated fire risk due to drought and high winds.

Mattapoisett town officials said residents may experience discolored water as a result of the fire.