A fishing boat fire at the Glovertown Shipyard. — Photo courtesy of Jane Hynes
The provincial fire commissioner has been notified of a longliner fire at the Glovertown Shipyard and will be working with the RCMP in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire.
The 65-foot fibreglass longliner, Lorne and Cathy, was tied up at the Glovertown Shipyard for repairs. The fire was discovered just before noon on Thursday in the vicinity of the engine room. The boat owner was originally believed to have been on board at the time of the fire, officers said, but that was later determined to be incorrect.
The Glovertown Fire Department was called and attempted to put the fire out. The boat had to be set adrift from the wharf in order to prevent damage to other vessels and the to the wharf itself.
The Canadian Coast Guard was also called to the scene.
According to the RCMP, the boat is still burning and is currently aground between two islands situated further out in the bay. There were no injuries reported.