Police probe boat fire

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A 55 ft. offshore boat was engulfed in flames at the Champlain Marina on West Lakeshore Drive in Colchester last Saturday evening. The vessel was declared a complete loss, police said. (Photo by Jeff Lefebvre)

An arson investigator was called after a boat caught fire in Malletts Bay last Saturday evening, according to a press release from Colchester police.

Police say they received a report just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 that a 55 ft. offshore boat was engulfed in flames at the Champlain Marina on West Lakeshore Drive.

First responders were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but the boat was declared a total loss, according to the release. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Officials closed West Lakeshore Drive at the Prim Road intersection for about two hours, according to the release. The Route 127 boat access was also closed, as the boat was in the water on the launch ramp, police said. At press time, the access remained blocked.

The Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company, Malletts Bay Fire Department, Winooski Fire Department, Burlington Fire Department and Essex Jct. Fire Department responded to the scene, the release said.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard, Colchester Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue and American Red Cross also provided assistance, according to CPD.