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“Biggest Fire Loss In Fort Lauderdale History:” Two Mega Yachts Worth $24 Million Ignite In Fiery Blaze

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Two large superyachts in a Fort Lauderdale marina on Sunday burned to the ground as dozens of firefighters worked for hours to contain the blaze. 

Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told Sun-Sentinel that the yachts were valued at $24 million and were the "biggest fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history."

Gollan said the cause of the fire is unknown, but said the yachts were docked in the marina, pending renovation work.

"We haven't even begun the investigation yet," Gollan told the Sun-Sentinel Sunday night. "[Monday] morning we plan to go in with ourselves and other resources from [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] and begin our investigation." he added.

Gollan said the fire broke out early Sunday morning on Trinity Yachts, a 161-foot superyacht, worth around $12 to $16 million. 

Northwestern winds at the time of the incident spread the fire to an adjacent 107-foot Christensen yacht, valued around $6 to $7 million.

Over 60 firefighters from several different fire departments fought the fire on both yachts for 5 hours on Sunday morning. 

A dramatic video of the fire was posted on the Fort Lauderdale Fire Reserve's Facebook page. 

"At 04:30 on Saturday November 16th, FLFR crews responded to a report of two large yachts on fire in the 2500 block of State Road 84. Upon arrival the fire was located at Universal Marine on the docks closest to the New River.

Due to the large volume of fire and the difficulty of access, a second alarm was immediately requested. Over the next five hours more than 60 fire fighters and 3 fire boats would battle this blaze, preventing it from spreading to other yachts in the marine.

Thankfully no one was injured during this intense fire," the fire department said. 

Gollan said investigators would be reviewing video surveillance on Monday to see if the fire was intentionally set. He said if the fire turns out to be an accident — it would be tough to determine the cause considering the significant damage on both vessels. 

 


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