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Passing Motorist Sees Burning Yachts near Local Yacht Club

Posted on July 29, 2011 to

Pieces of charred wood are all that remain of four yachts destroyed in a fire at an area yacht club. Fifty area firefighters and a fireboat battled an early morning fire last week at the Washington Yacht Club. According to the Washington Post, a motorist on the 11th Street Bridge saw the flames around 2:45 a.m. and called authorities. No one suffered injuries in the fire, which investigators say was accidental.

The fire started on a 40-foot cruiser and quickly spread to three other yachts, said a DC Fire Department spokesperson. Firefighters evacuated the surrounding area and moved other boats away from the blaze. In all, four yachts were lost and a portion of the marina’s dock suffered damage from the fire. The fire department spokesperson said damage estimates are between $600,000 and $1 million, but that could go higher as the investigation continues. Investigators have not ruled out foul play as a cause of the marina fire.

The firefighters’ fast-action distinguished the fire in about 40 minutes. To minimize leaking oil and gasoline, firefighters placed a boom in the water. An investigator said that the boat owners’ insurance companies are responsible for removing the wreckage from the water.

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