Five people on the Gloucester fishing boat Amanda Marie were evacuated shortly after noon today when a fire broke out on board.
No one reported any injuries, according to Harbormaster Jim Caulkett.
Capt. Mike Parisi, who owns and operates the 35-foot Duffy as a charter boat, said the vessel was on the oceanside of Ten Pound Island when they first "smelled something that smelled like smoke" from a fire that started started somewhere below deck. An unnamed gillnet fishing vessel came alongside the Amanda Marie, and the five people transferred from the burning boat to it, according to Caulkett.
The boat was pushed into Gloucester Harbor by the Coast Guard and grounded on the spit of Pavilion Beach at the very end of Stacy Boulevard. There, Gloucester firefighters boarded the boat and extinguished the smoldering blaze.
The city's harbormaster boat then pulled the boat into deeper water, where it was lashed to the side of one of the other boats and towed to its berth at the dock of Three Lantern Marine at 3-5 Parker St. about 1:15 p.m. At the dock, Gloucester Fire Department personnel could be seen examining the areas of the pilot house and below deck.
The state Environmental Police and city police boat also assisted in the incident.
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