STAMFORD, Conn. — A large sailboat at a Stamford dock was puffing black smoke from its fore and aft hatches Wednesday afternoon, but the blaze had put itself out by the time firefighters responded.
The Stamford Combined 911 Dispatch Center received a call at 3:11 p.m. reporting smoke coming from the hatch of a sailboat at Stamford Landing on Southfield Avenue, according to a statement from Stamford fire Capt. Philip Hayes.
A witness directed fire units to Dock E, where the 41-foot sailboat was puffing black smoke, Hayes said.
Stamford firefighters forced open the cabin door of the unoccupied sailboat and found that the cabin had been heavily charred by a blaze, he said. But the fire had since put itself out, he said.
Firefighters wet down the remaining hot-spots using a water fire extinguisher, Hayes said.
The sailboat was in the area of the marina and Prime Restaurant, Hayes said. Three engines, a truck company, a rescue company, an incident commander as well as Stamford Fire Department Fire Boat 236 were all dispatched and responded.
The Fire Marshal Division responded to the scene by request of the Incident Commander and is investigating the cause of the fire.
The boat was later turned over to the owner, who was not in Stamford at the time of the fire.