Featured Story

Update: Boat fire at dock in Westmoreland

SUSAN CAREY DEMPSEY PHOTO The remains of a fire-gutted boat Thursday morning.

Update: More information has been reported by the Shelter Island Fire Department on the boat fire Thursday.

Firefighter David Porello said crews were on the scene and the fire was extinguished 11 minutes after receiving the call at 10:06 a.m.

After the fire was under control, firefighters dragged it to shallow water to “ensure all flames were extinguished,” Mr. Porello said.

Below is the original story with additional photos.

A fire broke out about 10 a.m. Thursday on a boat docked at 50 Westmoreland Drive, according to the Shelter Island Police Department (SIPD).

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental, according to reports from a preliminary investigation conducted by the Suffolk County Police Department’s arson squad and the SIPD.

The Shelter Island Fire Department (SIFD) responded quickly and extinguished the blaze. The dock and an adjacent boat suffered minor smoke damage, according to Police Chief Jim Read, and an eyewitness reported that the SIFD prevented the other boat from catching fire.

COURTESY PHOTO Fire Department volunteers Brian Lechmanski and David Porrello battling the fire Thursday morning.
COURTESY PHOTO The boat after being dragged to shallow water for safety.