Lobster boat fire in Stonington under investigation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Lobster boat fire in Stonington under investigation

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STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Authorities are looking into the cause of fire on a lobster boat in Stonington.

A lobster boat, called The Lindy Inc., owned by a well-known lobster family, caught on fire when it was tied to the town dock. As it was sinking, the boat was tied to another boat that it pulled down with it.

The incident is being investigated by Stonington Police Department, along with the state fire marshal and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

"Nothing at this point indicates anything suspicious but we are conducting an investigation to determine the cause," said Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson.

The boat, along with the lobster boat it was tied to, are owned by two members of the Medeira family, who are reportedly out of the country.

"Its terrible, this is history, this boat is from the family to the family, down to the boys. Things like this happen, but its really devastating," said family member Roy Humphry.

The boats had to be raised up from the bottom of the water, so authorities can investigate the cause.

The fire caused extensive damage to the dock, destroying several pilings and a section of the decking. The town of Stonington owns the dock, and now it is responsible for repairing it because they lease it back to the fishermen.

The area was closed on Wednesday due to the police investigation.

Officials said contractors will be raising the lobster boat on Thursday morning so the environmental cleanup could continues, as well as the investigation.

We will have updates on the investigation on air and online. 

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