Man dies after canal boat caught fire as he slept

January 11, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A man was killed when fire ripped through a canal boat yesterday (Sun).

Burnt out canal boat in Bradford on Avon, England where a man died (SWNS Group)

Burnt out canal boat in Bradford on Avon, England where a man died (SWNS Group)

Rescuers were called to the Kennet and Avon Canal at 3.33am after a passerby saw the boat well alight on the water.

Four breathing apparatus wearers battled the blaze for 12 hours using two hose reel jets and a main jet.

Three Wiltshire Fire & Rescue crews and a heavy rescue unit attended the incident in Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts. and relief crews were mobilised.

Damage to the boat meant firefighters had difficulty getting onboard and struggled to get the fire under control.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started accidentally.

Police are yet to release information on the identity of the victim.

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