Clean Up Continues After Weekend Marina Fire
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MIAMI (CBS4) – Clean-up continued Monday at a popular Coconut Grove marina where several luxury yachts were destroyed in a weekend fire.
Over three dozen firefighters battled the fire at the Grove Harbour Marina, located in the 2000 block of South Bayshore Drive, on Saturday. Sunday crews spent the day containing fuel and cleaning up what they could.
“That’s what we’re working on now is putting their own perimeter around it; you know, getting rid of all the pollution,” said Rand Pratt of Sea Tow.
On Monday morning, one of the boats was removed by Sea Tow. A second boat is expected to be moved in the coming days.
There is a concern with a third vessel, which is also completely submerged, about its remaining fuel. It could be several days before its removed.
“We’ve got a lot of guys here,” Pratt said. “They were over at the oil spill, the BP oil spill, so to this to them is nothing.”
The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m Saturday. At first, the 65-foot yacht docked at the marina caught on fire.
The fire had more damage in store. The blaze then spread to the yacht at the next slip before moving to a third yacht.
A total of four yachts, which ranged from 65-foot to 88-foot in length, were completely destroyed.
Lt. Ignatius Carroll of Miami Fire Rescue said that investigators don’t suspect any foul play at this point.
Some clues as to the start of the fire may be found in surveillance video that firefighters are currently studying.