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FD: Heating Pad Sparked Boat Fire

A 40-foot catamaran caught fire Saturday, the result of an unattended heating pad, fire officials say.

An unattended heating pad caused a 40-foot catamaran to catch fire Saturday, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried.

Gottfried said the boat had been used as a permanent domicile by its owner, Lor Cubbison.

When the fire broke out at about 2:20 p.m., the vessel was moored at the Dock Shopping Center Marina, 955 Ferry Boulevard, Stratford.

The fire was extinguished within 35 minutes with no injuries to firefighters or civilians, Gottfried said.

Sixteen Stratford fire personnel, including three engines, responded to the fire, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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