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4 people rescued from burning boat in Portland

September 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Four people and a dog escaped injury when they were rescued by a passing boater after their boat caught fire in Portland Harbor.

Coast Guard spokesman Matt Burt says a 39-foot powerboat caught fire near Cushing Island at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

He tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/19aclFc ) that the Coast Guard responded to the fire and another boater rescued four people and a dog from the burning boat.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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