MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A charred mess is all that’s left of a 29-foot Regal pleasure craft at a Miami marina.
The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning from storms that rolled through the area.
“Several residents from inside actually witnessed lightning striking the boat, which is what we’re looking at as a possible cause,” said City of Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responding to the River Run Condos and Yacht Club at 1700 NW North River Drive sometime around 6:30. A big concern for fire crews was nearby boats in the marina catching fire.
“Crews were able to maneuver some of the boats out of the way, start fighting this fire, with the assistance of the rain, obviously, that was coming down and they were able to bring the fire under control in about 20 minutes,” said Carroll.
But even then there were other elements for firefighters to contend with: lightning, heavy rain and winds, as well as the fuel and the fumes that blanketed the marina.
“What fire crews had to do was shut the power down to the marina, evacuate anybody that were on their boats and start blanketing the water with foam,” said Carroll.
No injuries were reported and the owner of the vessel was not there at the time of the fire.