A True Yacht Nightmare: Fire Rips Through Long Island Marina, Destroying Boats

Author: Katy Stickland
Source: YBW
Date: August 23, 2016

Investigators are now trying to find out the cause of a fire which destroyed several boats at a Long Island marina, New York, USA.

High winds made it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze at the Patchogue Shores Marina, with the fire spreading from boat to boat.

Suffolk fire officials say the blaze started just before 7pm on 16 August.

Dense smoke covered the East Patchogue area. Many Long Island residents posted pictures and video of the incident on social media, alerting marina users.

Six departments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, were at the scene to try and put out the fire.

Nearby residents were warned to stay indoors and to close all windows.

Officials say firefighters had to return to the marina several hours after putting the fire out when it rekindled on a boat and on the dock.

Three firefighters had to receive medical attention after inhaling chemicals from the burning vessels.

The owner of the marina, David Kazmark, told CBS New York that he was grateful that no one was seriously injured.

Praising the emergency services, he said: ?They saved my business, they saved my building; saved gas tanks from going up.?

The cause of the fire is still being investigation, although it is not believed to be suspicious.

Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation have been monitoring the cleanup of the marina site.

Four of the eight boats which caught fire are believed to be a total loss.


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