UPDATED: Fire Official Says Destroyed Yachts Are “Biggest Fire Loss in Fort Lauderdale History”

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It took firefighters nearly four hours to get a boat fire under control early Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.

Crews were called out to Universal Marine around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday for a two-alarm fire, says Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

When firefighters arrived, they found two yachts on fire.

Gollan says the fire began on the motor yacht “Lohengrin,” a 161-foot vessel built by Trinity Yachts. It had crew quarters for up to 10 people and has a $12 to $16 million estimated value.

According to Gollan, the crew had been on the vessel Friday evening. The northwest wind from that blaze spread the flames to “Reflections,” a 107-foot Christensen yacht with four staterooms and an estimated value of $6 to $7 million. The yachts are owned separately.

Fire rescue says more than 60 firefighters battled the blaze.

No injuries were reported, but damages are estimated to be up to $24 million.

Gollan calls it “the biggest fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history.”

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. However, both yachts had been docked side by side while they underwent refitting and renovation work.

 

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