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Six people, dog evacuate boat in flames off Canalside

A smoky fire forced six people and a dog to evacuate a power boat enroute to Canalside about 7 p.m. Friday beneath the Skyway on Buffalo’s waterfront.

Buffalo firefighters and the Coast Guard poured water and foam on the boat, which was extensively damaged. Susan Brown, the lead fire officer on the scene, estimated damage to the boat at $15,000 and $2,000 to kayaks tied up nearby. The cause is under investigation.

Jessica Mott of Olean, who was on the boat with family members and friends, said the fire in the 36-foot Trojan Tri-Cabin appeared to originate in the engine.