Thes images, posted to social media, show firefighters trying to extinguish a boat fire in the early morning hours of April 12.

Thes images, posted to social media, show firefighters trying to extinguish a boat fire in the early morning hours of April 12.

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Members of the Prince Rupert Fire Rescue Department had their hands full on Sunday morning battling a blaze on 11th Avenue East.

Members of the Prince Rupert Fire Rescue Department had their hands full on Sunday morning battling a blaze on 11th Avenue East that appears to have been deliberately set.

When crews arrived at the house on the far end of 11th Avenue East just before 12:30 a.m. on April 12, they discovered the front of the home and a boat parked on the street engulfed in flames.

“The fire is under investigation, but both fires are considered suspicious and we are working with the RCMP on the matter … they were deliberate fires” said fire chief Dave McKenzie.

While McKenzie would not elaborate on the potential cause of the fire, one witness reported seeing items already set on fire thrown at both the house and the boat.

A total of 11 firefighters attended the scene, with McKenzie noting the situation surrounding the fire created some challenge to extinguish.

“We had the house out quickly, but the boat had the gas tanks catch fire. Gas then started leaking and created fire on the street and created fire under the boat,” he explained, noting there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

“There was nobody in the house at the time, but there was a dog that needed to be rescued. The dog had experienced some smoke inhalation, but is doing fine now.”

Look for more on this story as it becomes available.

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