COSBY—A pre-dawn fire destroyed a pontoon boat in Cosby on Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to the Cocke County Fire Department.

The CCFD was joined by the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department at 757 Rich Hollow Road, Cosby, after the call of the fire came in at 4:23 a.m., according to a report by Lt. Jordan Self and firefighter Bryan Southerland.

An additional CCFD firefighter on the scene, Cody Strom, said a narrow driveway limited access to the back yard of 42-year-old Shannon Green’s residence, where the boat was on fire, but they managed to get through.

Strom said the CVFD truck, however, could not make it through the narrow passage.

The boat was “probably a total loss,” Strom stated. He said the fire burned a gas tank, which fortunately did not explode.

He said when firefighters arrived, the back part of the boat was engulfed in flames. They managed to put it out about 20 minutes later.

Green said that on the previous day, around 6 p.m., he had left a battery charger connected to the boat’s engine.

The fire destroyed the boat, but not the trailer it was on, the firemen’s report stated.

However, firefighters said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Green valued the 22-foot long Bennington pontoon boat at about $10,000, according to a report by a deputy sheriff with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department, Jonathan Ochs.

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