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3 boats caught fire on Pembroke wharf (Ervin Olsen photo)

Fire destroys 3 lobster boats on Pembroke wharf

By Kevin Northup Jan 26, 2024 | 10:17 AM

Three Yarmouth County fishing vessels have been destroyed by fire.

It happened around 10:30 p.m.  Thursday at the Pembroke wharf.

Yarmouth fire chief Mike Deveau says the call initially came in as a car fire.

“A passer-by noticed it. We paged for mutual aid from Port Maitland. We also had our staff and volunteers on scene, and spent the night mitigating the incident,” said Deveau.

He says there was a flare up this morning, and firefighters remain on scene, with Wedgeport providing mutual aid.

“We had to move the boats around, and bring a backhoe in to move them and get at parts of the boats we couldn’t easily access.”

RCMP and the Fire Marshal’s office will be investigating the cause, police say they don’t believe the fire is suspicious.

He asks citizens to avoid the area today, and thanks local fishers for moving other vessels out of the way.

Firefighters on scene of boat fires on Pembroke wharf (Ervin Olsen Photo)