Passing Motorist Sees Burning Yachts near Local Yacht Club

By Peter DePaolis

Pieces of charred wood are all that remains 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. Call our office today for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.