Boat fire suspected arson

Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2010

THERE has been yet another boat fire on the Kennet & Avon Canal, that is suspected arson.

Over the past few months there have been three narrowboat fires along the canal, the last being at Devizes, but this time it is at Newbury, and the police have confirmed it is being treated as arson.

Newbury fire service was called out to three separate fires  in the town on Saturday evening, but only one concerning a boat.

However, the boat was on residential moorings, and neighbouring boaters in this case, being alerted by the noise, quickly doused the fire before it could do any permanent damage.