WESTERLY — A fire that erupted in a boat parked outside a home on Urso Drive left a man with serious burns on Sunday, but firefighters prevented the fire from spreading.

Dunn's Corners firefighters, assisted by Westerly police and ambulance personnel, responded to the fire at 29 Urso Drive around 7 p.m. Fire Chief Christopher DeGrave said that as he was driving toward the call, he and other firefighters could see the smoke "from over a mile away."

"You could see the smoke as soon as you turned on Route 1," DeGrave said. "Once we arrived, the first step was to make sure everyone was out of danger and then begin attacking the fire."

DeGrave said a man who was working on the boat suffered burns and was treated on scene before being taken by ambulance to an area hospital. He was in "stable condition" as of Sunday night, DeGrave said.

The biggest challenge for responders was the location of the boat. As in shown photos shared on the department's website, dunnscornersfire.com, the house was less than 15 feet away from the blaze, which engulfed the boat quickly. The flames were 20 to 30 feet high when firefighters arrived.

DeGrave said volunteers deployed two hose lines, the first intended to attack the fire directly and a second that was directed to protect the surrounding property and prevent the blaze from spreading beyond the boat.

With the two-point attack, the firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. The exterior of the home sustained only minor smoke damage. DeGrave said residents were allowed back in once the scene was cleared and no one was displaced. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Rhode Island Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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