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Boat Engulfed By Flames During Test Run On Housatonic River

A 29-foot boat is destroyed by fire Tuesday in the Housatonic River near Sikorsky.
A 29-foot boat is destroyed by fire Tuesday in the Housatonic River near Sikorsky. Photo Credit: Shelton Volunteer Fire Co. #4 Pine Rock Park
The boat, stuck on a sandbar in the Housatonic River, is destroyed by the fire on Tuesday afternoon.
The boat, stuck on a sandbar in the Housatonic River, is destroyed by the fire on Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Shelton Volunteer Fire Co. #4 Pine Rock Park
Stratford first-responders help extinguish a boat fire on Tuesday on the Housatonic River.Stratford Professional Firefighters
Stratford first-responders help extinguish a boat fire on Tuesday on the Housatonic River.Stratford Professional Firefighters Photo Credit: Stratford Professional Firefighters
Stratford first-responders help extinguish a boat fire on Tuesday on the Housatonic River.
Stratford first-responders help extinguish a boat fire on Tuesday on the Housatonic River. Photo Credit: Stratford Professional Firefighters IAFF 998/Facebook

STRATFORD, Conn. — A 29-foot Formula boat was destroyed by fire when one of its engines exploded Tuesday while the vessel was out for a test run on the Housatonic River, multiple media reports said.

Crews from Stratford Fire Marine 233 extinguished the blaze with assistance from the Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department, according to the Stratford Fire Department.

The manager of the Beacon Point Marina in Shelton raced to the scene and got the mechanic off the boat, which was fully engulfed in flames in the river near Sikorsky, NBC Connecticut said.

No injuries were reported, but the boat was a total loss, NBC said.

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