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July 6, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Fire damages dry-docked dragger

Gloucester Police/Fire

Firefighters knocked down a boat fire at Rose’s Wharf on Friday about 8 a.m.

The fire had ignited on the Moonraker, a 75-foot, steel-hulled dragger in dry dock, and was visibly burning from the boat’s bridge when firefighters arrived on scene three minutes after receiving the call.

Firefighters tackled the fire by entering the boat’s bridge and searching for the source, which they found in the ship’s engine room. The flames were sparked on cardboard boxes left within an area on the Moonraker where arc welding was being conducted on the fishing vessel’s exterior, an investigation discovered.

The damage was confined to the ship’s engine room and no injuries were reported.

The crew used negative pressure ventilation to clear smoke from the vessel.

The Moonraker belongs to Gloucester resident Sean Mahoney.

Firefighters extinguished a burning tree outside a Cart Track Drive home Thursday about 9:19 p.m. The tree had ignited when a man tried to make a cooking fire for hot dogs beneath it. The fire inspector is investigating further and may bring charges.

A man speaking into a PA system at Stage Fort Park was told to quiet down by police Thursday about 2:37 p.m. One resident had reported that the man was preaching and disrupting cookouts and bothering people in the area. The man agreed to lower the speaker volume on the system.

A local man used a backhoe to remove a boulder lodged beneath a tractor trailer truck, causing the truck to plug up traffic by Sears on Eastern Avenue on Thursday about 8:30 a.m.

The trucker struck the boulder while pulling onto Eastern Avenue, dragging the rock into the roadway. The truck then became stuck. After the resident removed the boulder, the trucker backed into the Sears parking lot to await engine service.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or

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