Boat gutted in suspicious fire

Police say the fire that gutted this boat was suspicious.
Police say the fire that gutted this boat was suspicious.

A nine-metre boat worth $150,000 was gutted by what police say was a suspicious fire at an Invercargill marine workshop early this morning.

Kingswell fire crews and police were called to the scene of the fire, Steve Gooding Marine on the Bluff Highway near Southland Hospital, at 1.50am.

The boat was on a trailer outside the workshops and was well alight when the emergency services arrived.

The interior of the boat.
The interior of the boat.

Detective Derek Miller, of Invercargill, said the owner of the boat lived near Lumsden, and it was at the workshop for an insurance repair job.

A fire investigation team is examining the boat today.

Mr Miller said police would like to hear from the owners of a car that looked like a Subaru station wagon, which was seen in the area around the time of the fire.

Anyone with information or who saw anything in the area at the time of the fire should contact police, he said.

The Southland Times