Multiple boats catch fire at Campbell County dock

Multiple boats catch fire at Campbell County dock

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"They found three to four boats fully involved and starting to spread to other boats and to the main portion of the dock where the restaurant and store is," said Campbell County Rural Fire Service Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Lawson. "They found three to four boats fully involved and starting to spread to other boats and to the main portion of the dock where the restaurant and store is," said Campbell County Rural Fire Service Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Lawson.
In an effort to prevent even more damage, crews cut several boats in the fire's path loose from the dock. In an effort to prevent even more damage, crews cut several boats in the fire's path loose from the dock.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A marina caught fire in Campbell County Saturday morning, severely burning a number of boats docked there.

The fire began just before 9 a.m. at Whitman Hollow Marina in Lafollette.

Witnesses told firefighters they heard explosions coming from the dock before seeing flames shooting from the roof.

Campbell County Rural Fire Service firefighters believe those explosions were fuel tanks erupting.

At least six boats and 75 feet of the dock were heavily burned in the blaze.

Fire crews' biggest concern was stopping the fire from spreading.

"They found three to four boats fully involved and starting to spread to other boats and to the main portion of the dock where the restaurant and store is," said Campbell County Rural Fire Service Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Lawson.

Besides dragging hoses down to the dock, they even sprayed water from a boat in the lake to combat the growing flames.

"Deployed firefighters on it with a portable pump. They went around on it to the other side of the fire and were able to extinguish it before it spread to other parts of the dock," said Lawson.

In an effort to prevent even more damage, they started cutting boats in the fire's path loose from the dock.

"They cut loose 10 to 15 boats to keep those from catching fire during the process, or we would have had more boats that would have burned," said Lawson.

Nancy Rosia and her husband lost their boat in the fire.

"He says I can't tell for sure but he says the fire is up and there's flames everywhere. But it looks like where our boat was sitting, the lift is just totally gone," said Rosia of Lafollette.

She was in disbelief when she saw the damage.

"Everything is just burnt and crispy. In that section where his boat was, there's maybe 6 docks where everything is gone. The boats are gone, the lifts are gone. There's nothing there," said Rosia.

The Rosia's boat now sits burned and submerged under the lake.

Other boat owners also came out Saturday to salvage anything they could.

"Thankfully nobody was hurt. A few boats are gone but that's it," said Rosia.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lawson says they will notify arson and bomb investigators to see if they want to come look into the cause of the fire.

 

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