Navy called in after fire at Visakhapatnam Harbour turn 25 boats to ash

At least 25 fishing boats turned to ashes after a massive fire at a harbour in Vishakhapatnam late last night. An Indian Navy vessel had to be brought in to bring the fire under control over multiple fire engines struggled to douse the flames.

Each of the boats cost nearly 15 lakh, putting the estimated loss in the incident in ₹ 4-5 crores range.

Vishakhapatnam police commissioner Ravi Shankar said the fire started on a fishing boat late at night. “The boat was cut off and sent adrift to ensure the fire did not spread to the others. But the winds and water flow brought it back to the jetty. Soon, the other boats were burning too,” he said.