A boatyard fire on the Massachusetts South Shore Friday sent a plume of black smoke across the region, so thick the National Weather Service picked it up on weather radar images.

 The Mattapoisett Boatyard fire engulfed much of the property in flames, destroying buildings and boats in storage on the hard.

“A boat caught fire in one of the sheds, and it went up very, very fast,” boatyard mechanic Tim Price told television station WJAR. “Everything went up. I think we lost everything.”

The fire grew to six alarms and fire departments from across the region and Rhode Island responded.

Marion, Massachusetts, fire and emergency medical services officials tallied the response as “nineteen engines, two ladders, four tankers, 11 chiefs from southeastern Massachusetts” all were at the scene. “Mutual aid partners worked tremendously together to control the fire from spreading to nearby houses. Our members reponded and worked through midnight.”

Strong southwest winds fanned the blaze, and eastern Massachusetts has been on heightened fire alert with drought conditions. The boatyard, which serves primarily recreational boats, has been a fixture in the community since the 1960s.


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