Firefighters respond to boat blaze in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Officials are investigating a fire that damaged a 22-foot catamaran Wednesday night.

The fire, reported just before 8:30 p.m. at 7201 First St. NE, is not believed to be suspicious, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

Several neighbors called 911 after hearing two explosions and seeing the vessel in flames, Granata said. The owner, Jack Dye, 70, was at home at the time and also got several calls.

Firefighters used water and a foam agent to extinguish the blaze in about 10 minutes, Granata said.

Officials estimated the damage to the boat, a 2002 TomCat catamaran, at $5,000.

Firefighters respond to boat blaze in St. Pete 10/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:23am]

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