Investigation launched after canal boat severely damaged in Whittlesey by fire

PUBLISHED: 10:26 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:06 30 July 2015

Fire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Fire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

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A boat was severely damaged in a fire this morning.

Fire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

At 5.48am, crews from Stanground, Whittlesey and Dogsthorpe and a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe were called to a boat on fire in Kings Dyke, Whittlesey.

When firefighters arrived they found a steel-framed canal boat well alight and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire.

No one was on the boat at the time of the incident.

The boat was severely damaged and was sinking by the time the fire had been put out.

Fire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEFire crews were called to extinguish a narrowboat fire on Kings Dyke, Whittlesey. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Crews returned to their stations by 8am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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