Mattress heating pad blamed for boat fire

Stratford firefighters respond to a boat fire at the Dock on Saturday, Jan. 26. (Photo by Ralph Petitti)

The Stratford Fire Department responded to a boat fire at the Dock Shopping Center Marina on Ferry Blvd. on the afternoon of Saturday Jan. 26.

According to the fire department officials, The Stratford 911 center began receiving emergency calls reporting a boat on fire and dispatched Stratford Fire at shortly after 2 p.m.

The first arriving Stratford unit reported heavy smoke and fire and requested additional responders due to the volume of fire, its location, and the freezing temperatures.

The older 40-foot catamaran boat is familiar to fire personnel as it has been utilized as a permanent home for its owner, Lor Cubbison, for many years. The boat is normally moored in the Housatonic River across from the town owned Bond’s dock.

Firefighters fought the fire on the ship and successfully extinguished the fire within 35 minutes with no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The U.S. Coast Guard and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were notified and responded to the scene.

The Stratford Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. Deputy Chief Brian Lampart the Stratford Fire Marshal determined the fire to be caused by an unattended mattress heating pad.

Three engines, one ladder, the assistant chief shift commander, safety officer, and the fire marshal responded to this incident for a total of 16 personnel.

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