FDNY Responds to Boat Fire on Friday Morning

SILive - February 01, 2020

by Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The FDNY responded to a fire on a New York Waterway ferryboat in the vicinity of the Stapleton Homeport on Friday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the FDNY are investigating cause of fire reportedly in the starboard engine, a spokesman for the federal agency told the Advance.

The Betsy Ross was traveling south in the Lower Hudson, with no passengers on board, when the captain detected a small fire, which was immediately extinguished by the on-board suppression system. The boat proceeded to the Staten Island Homeport under its own power, according to a spokesman for New York Waterway.

The small fire, which was in the engine room of the boat, was called at 10:41 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS.

The fire was brought under control at 11:26 a.m. with no injuries, the FDNY spokesman said.

Firefighters were seen inside a New York Waterways ferry boat at the dock.

The Betsy Ross with a capacity of 400 passengers officially begin service in September 2016 between the Belford/Middletown Ferry Terminal and Manhattan, according to the New York Waterway Facebook page.

Since damages have not yet been determined, the Coast Guard spokesman was unable to say when the vessel would return to service.