Haz-Mat salvage booms remain to recover fluids leaked into water

📸 Holland Fire Department photos

HOLLAND — A burning speed boat was extinguished by firefighters on a causeway at the Hamilton Reservoir on Saturday afternoon.

It was shortly before 3:30 p.m. when the New Braintree State Police Dispatch Center received 9-1-1 calls reporting there was a boat on fire in the south basin of the reservoir. Firefighters and police officers from Holland, as well as Brimfield EMS, responded to the scene.

The Holland Fire Department reported the fire was “fully involved” as a 21.5-foot inboard speed boat was “being towed towards the causeway to prevent the fire from spreading to other nearby boats, docks and structures.”

Firefighters put out the blaze and, with the aid of the Holland Police Department’s Marine 1, placed Haz-Mat salvage booms. In a statement, the fire department explained the booms “were deployed on the lake to recover any fluids that leaked from the vessel.” The booms will remain in place until Sunday afternoon, advised the fire department. The general public has been asked not to call 9-1-1 or the fire department dispatch relative to the booms, nor should anyone approach or attempt to remove the salvage booms.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Environmental Police also responded to the boat fire.

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