Fire Rips Through Houseboat

A houseboat caught fire Sunday night in Carteret County in Sea Gate community. The nearly 100 foot boat known as Compromise was destroyed, and the couple living there is now looking for a new home.

Cleanup crews worked Monday to remove oil and fuel from the water. There was an estimated 900 gallons of fuel on board when the fire broke out around 6:00 Sunday night. A number of fire departments responded, but were unable to save the house boat. Owners Gary Hill and his wife were out to dinner at the time of the fire. Crews put booms in the water Sunday night to keep pollution down.

"It takes awhile to get all the debris out of the water, you've got some floating charred debris that's soaked in fuel that has to be removed," said owner of tow boat US Captain Lee Sykes.

Sykes says crews might have to work 24-36 hours straight to finish the cleanup.

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A nearly 100-foot-long houseboat is destroyed after a fire Sunday evening.

The Beaufort Fire Department says the "Compromise" caught fire around 6 p.m. Sunday evening, bringing several area fire departments to the water front. The boat was docked in the Sea Gate community, officials say.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured.

The boat is 98 feet long and 24 feet wide. Officials did not know who owns it.


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