Around midnight on Monday evening, a fire broke out on a boat at the Manhattan Harbour Marina in Dayton, Kentucky. The approximately 40 or 50 foot boat, was completely engulfed in flames and had been burning for about 15 minutes before the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department had arrived. The boat had no apparent name on it and had one person (female) and one black Labrador retriever on it at the time. The occupant told the firemen that she was asleep on the boat and the dog woke her up. She went to another boat to get help and when they returned the boat was completely on fire and they then called for help. The resident of the boat was getting help by the Red Cross at the time we were there and was understandably, very upset.. There is an investigation going on regarding the cause. Fireman Shane Schnelle, from the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department told us that he was sure the dog saved the woman’s life. He said that the dog was frightened when the fire department arrived. Fireman Schnelle said in his opinion, “the boat is a complete loss” but there is no estimate on the property value at this time.
Firemen Schnelle stated that it was very important that the neighboring fire departments were there to help them on a night like tonight with sub-freezing temperatures. “Normally, in the summer, we would have our boat in the water and docked at the marina. We would be able to take the vessel out into the channel to get it away from the docks and the other boats and then fight the fire. Tonight we had to fight it from land.”