Four hospitalized in Housatonic River boat fire

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STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Four people were sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after the fishing boat they were on caught fire near the mouth of the Housatonic River, the U.S. Coast Guard says.

The most serious injury is believed to be a third-degree burn that one person sustained, said Marty Betts of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard and several area fire departments responded to the call.

The boat, which was carrying some 400 gallons of diesel fuel, was severely damaged but remained afloat after the flames were doused. It has since been towed to Boardwalk Marina in Stratford.  If the boat sank, it would have polluted the water, and ruined fishing for a large part of the sound.

A cause has yet to be determined.

Smoke could be seen from Walnut Beach in Milford (see photo below). The Housatonic River runs between Milford and Stratford.

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