Explosion as boat goes up in flames on canal in Nelson

Explosion as boat goes up in flames on canal in Nelson

Explosion as boat goes up in flames on canal in Nelson

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A BOAT was gutted in a fire which caused an explosion, witnesses said.

People said they heard a bang and screaming coming from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Nelson at around 2.20am today, where the pleasure craft was completely engulfed in flames.

When crews arrived, two lifejackets were found on the tow path near Scotland Road and a couple of mooring spikes were also discovered some distance away. It is believed the boat may have been drifting for some time.

The metal hull of the craft remained unbreached, but a specialist environmental response unit was alerted.

A search of the area was carried out and firefighter Dean Bradshaw said it was likely the screaming came from geese.

He said it was possible that the diesel tanks were set on fire deliberately.

Firefighter Bradshaw said: “The boat was popping and fizzing when we got there. It was completely gutted, it is an empty shell now.

“A full investigation of the incident will now be carried out by the fire service in conjunction with Lancashire Police.

“It is early stages, but I would say that it was potentially started deliberately because of the fact that there was nobody with the boat.

“Part of our investigation is to look at some CCTV.

“The incident comes just two weeks after Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had been conducting a boat safety campaign highlighting safety issues and offering free advice to boat users.”

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9:52am Mon 9 Jun 14

Little katie says...

I am the owner of the little boat the was stolen stripped and set fire.
I came to your town as part of exploring the leeds liverpool canal towards skipton over the summer.
Over the last ten years I have cruised most of the northern canals , this was the last one, as I am a disabled pensioner I can only proceed slowly and make a point of looking around the area I moor at.
Nelson is now fixed in my mind as the worst place I have had the misfortune to visit.
Word will now spread about your town being so very unsafe for visitors.
Small towns set in beautiful countryside normally welcome tourists, your however does not.
You need to find these criminals before they bankrupt investment in your town.
I am the owner of the little boat the was stolen stripped and set fire. I came to your town as part of exploring the leeds liverpool canal towards skipton over the summer. Over the last ten years I have cruised most of the northern canals , this was the last one, as I am a disabled pensioner I can only proceed slowly and make a point of looking around the area I moor at. Nelson is now fixed in my mind as the worst place I have had the misfortune to visit. Word will now spread about your town being so very unsafe for visitors. Small towns set in beautiful countryside normally welcome tourists, your however does not. You need to find these criminals before they bankrupt investment in your town. Little katie
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