Posted on November 19, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire ravaged through Fort Lauderdale during the early morning hours of Saturday the 16th of November, causing nearly $20 million in damages.
The fire was reported as starting at 04:30 am in the morning, on the southwest 25th terrace. Firefighters that rushed to the scene witnessed two yachts that had been parked on the canal, covered in flames.
Both vessels were undergoing renovations at the time of the fire; one of the ships was going to leave the yard in 1-2 weeks and the other was scheduled to leave in three weeks.
All in all, more than 60 firefighters and three fireboats rushed to the scene in order to combat the growing flames, as they attempted to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the harbour.
It took the combined firefighting forces more than 6 hours to finally manage to control the flames.
Initial damage to the yachts appears to be significant. Investigators have deemed this fire a “record-breaker”, as it is expected to be the largest dollar amount for a single incident in the city of Fort Lauderdale.
The origin of the fire is not yet known but authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Foul play is not suspected at this point in time.
Thankfully, there were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.
Salvaging operations are expected to start soon.