Fire at a Marina

Over Christmas vacation we were in Sanford working on our old digs, getting them ready to sell. As we do not have kitchenware we ran by one of those fast food joints and headed to the lakefront to enjoy a view with our dinner.

Something was burning.

As we ate we notice one, then two, then three fire trucks heading towards Marina island. Of course we had to see what was up.

Here be firemen.

Sure enough there was a boat fire at the marina. Smoke was coming out of a cruiser we guessed to be a 30ft with inboard motors.

Is that a chainsaw?

We could not see the name on the boat as there was a hard bottomed dink strapped to the transom but it looked pretty nice. Sporting a good quality dink, marine radar and communications mast.

Smoke was coming from the cabin and as the firemen were working we saw flames licking up from the fantail area in front of the dink.

A fire hose was produced and a chainsaw started to work and although obscured we assume they cut a hole in the deck and sprayed into the cavity underneath the deck.

After they appeared to get the fire under deck (one can assume engine fire) under control the fire crew proceeded to liberally spay down the inside of the cabin and cockpit.

Lori and I found the entire event quite traumatic. What if that was our boat motor on fire? Our cockpit being hosed down? Our prayers go out to the boat owner.

After a bit we left the drama of the fire with fire crews roaming about. The boat was still afloat and by later in the day that followed it was gone so we can guess the owner had it towed and pulled.

Lori Bell

She still floats. I now have an Alexa boat list of work to be done to her. She will be getting a new bottom (osmosis) once the Sanford house sells.