Fire claims boat in Maumee River


Two people were rescued from the Maumee River this afternoon after their boat caught fire near Grassy Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call just after 3:15 p.m. of a boat fire on the river, as did the Toledo Fire Department, which put out the fire. A spokesman at the Toledo office said two people on the boat were brought safely to shore.

The fire in the 18½-foot pleasure craft started in the engine compartment and destroyed the boat. A Coast Guard official at the Toledo station said the two passengers beached the boat at Grassy Island and got themselves on land.

Grassy Island is located in Maumee Bay near the mouth of Lake Erie.