Houseboat destroyed after catching fire twice

Published online: Nov 17, 2009 News Robert A. Cronkleton

A houseboat at Pomme de Terre Lake was destroyed after catching fire twice.

The 36-foot Gibson houseboat was sitting in a dock at the lake when authorities received a call about 7:20 p.m. Thursday that it was on fire, according to the Missouri Water Patrol.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and towed the boat to a ramp at The Harbor Marina. After everyone had left the area, the fire ignited again, destroying the boat, according to the water patrol.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The boat, valued at $18,000, was owned by Gregory J. Rhodus of Kansas City.