DECATUR, Ala. – Four people were safely evacuated after emergency crews responded to a single-boat fire in Decatur.
ALEA Patrol Commander Capt. Gary Buchanan confirmed that the mast of the sailboat made contact with the power lines that cross Flint Creek near Point Mallard and caught on fire.
Authorities say an 11-year-old boy from Trussville was injured and transported to Huntsville Children’s Hospital for medical attention. The sailboat sustained fire damage. Saturday, Buchanan said at last report he was being released from the hospital on Saturday.
The fire happened around 3:30 p.m. with Decatur Police, Decatur Fire & Rescue, Morgan County Rescue, ALEA, and EMS responding.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol is investigating the incident.
At this time, initial investigations believe the boat fire to be caused by the boat striking an electrical wire.
The City of Decatur should not be impacted by any loss of power.
The boat is being cleared at this time.
— Decatur, AL Police (@DecaturALPD) May 24, 2019