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Authorities: Dunedin boat fire may be arson

DUNEDIN — Authorities are investigating a boat fire at a home in Dunedin Thursday night as a possible arson, according to Dunedin Fire Rescue.

Firefighters were called to a home at 247 John F. Kennedy St. by a resident who got home at 9:50 p.m. and saw his neighbor's 18-foot Rinker pleasure boat on fire, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

When firefighters arrived, the boat was fully engulfed in flames.

The boat, which was on a trailer in the driveway of the single-family home, was completely destroyed, said Dunedin fire Division Chief Bill McElligott.

The fire is being investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arson unit and the Dunedin Fire Prevention Bureau.

The vessel's battery was disconnected at the time of the fire, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor.

"There's no explanation now as to how or why it caught fire," Nestor said.

No one was injured. Firefighters from Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Clearwater were able to extinguish the blaze before any homes were affected.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the fire call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200 and ask for arson unit Detective Troy Compton.

Authorities: Dunedin boat fire may be arson 04/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 3:50pm]
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