FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A raging fire destroyed two luxury yachts early Saturday morning at a marina in Fort Lauderdale.
As of Monday afternoon, it does not appear that a crime was committed.READ MORE: Florida Mom Making Angel Gowns For Families Who Lose Baby Unexpectedly
âWeâve met with many officials out here over the weekend and people on surrounding boats as well as video footage from closed-circuit television in the area,â said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Gollan.
âAt this point weâve come to the conclusion thereâs nothing suspicious with this fire,â he said
Investigators from Fort Lauderdale as well as Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms spent the day looking into the fire, searching for indicators as to how it began.READ MORE: South Florida Businesses Relying On Tourism Hope To Recover From Pandemic Lows
âThrough the tapes and through the interviews we can see different areas of origin and can see how the fire started and grew but we donât have it pinpointed down to the exact occurrence that took place,â Gollan said.
The fire broke out just after 4 in the morning on Saturday on the larger of the two boats â then spread. Now comes the task of cleaning up.
The fire department is turning the scene over to salvage crews.
âOne of the first tasks will be removing hazards so they have clean access to the vessels,â Gollan said. âAfter that, theyâll remove the fuel on both vessels and bring the boats up so theyâre no longer sitting on the bottom.âMORE NEWS: BSO Clears Person Of Interest In Tamarac Burglary Where Thief Claimed To Be Deputy
Investigators call this a record-breaker when it comes to damage. âThis particular fire here will be the largest dollar amount for a single incident in the city of Fort Lauderdale,â Gollan said. âThe two values of the boats combined put us over the 20 million dollar mark.â