All possessions lost in boat fire

MHDE-06-04-11 BOAT APR27 (3)'Canal boat fire at Weedon
MHDE-06-04-11 BOAT APR27 (3)'Canal boat fire at Weedon

A NARROWboat owner has been left homeless after having everything he owned destroyed in a fire.

Shaun Gibbs’ boat was moored at Weedon when it went up in flames during the early hours of yesterday morning.

The 57ft boat was on the Grand Union Canal, near The Heart of England pub, just off the A45 in the village.

Mr Gibbs, 48, had lived on the boat for 10 years and was devastated after seeing it destroyed.

He said: “I can’t understand how it happened.

“I wasn’t on the boat and am still alive which is the main thing.

“But my whole life has gone up in smoke, everything I own was on it.

“I’ve got insurance for the boat, but I haven’t got contents insurance.

“And even if I did I don’t think it would cover everything I’ve lost; my fishing gear alone was worth more than £5,000.

“I was out having a drink when I got a call at about 1am.

“I came running down and got stopped by the fire brigade because there was still some gas on the back.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do now but I’ve got to keep my chin up.

“I’ll dust myself down and get on with it. It’s just lucky nobody was hurt.”

The fire service was alerted at around 1.20am and two crews from Daventry plus one from Long Buckby were dispatched, along with the Red Cross fire victim support unit.

The blaze was believed to have originated in the boat’s wood burning stove.