By John Burton
RED BANK – Borough volunteer firefighters extinguished a fire Thursday afternoon that damaged a 44-foot cabin cruiser off of Marine Park.
The fire on the Lou’s Crews’ N, a Carver 44-foot yacht, first ignited while the yacht was docked in the area of Irwin’s Marine at Marine Park. Irwin workers towed the vessel out of the marina area, sparing other boats and allowing the firefighters easier access, said Fire Chief Tom Doremus, who was on the scene.
The fire lasted for about 10 minutes.
“It looked like its been charred up pretty good,” Doremus said. No one was on the craft when it started, he said.
The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were being investigated by the State Police Marine Police unit, which responds to any fire on the water, Doremus said.
About 20 members of the bought’s Independent Engine Company responded. There were no injuries reported, Doremus said.
A similar boat would cost approximately $125,000 to purchase new, according to Irwin employee Brad Sergeant.