WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A boat storage facility in Gwinnet County, Georgia was engulfed in flames on Sunday morning.
- The blaze destroyed 86 boats and four vehicles and consumed one building causing its roof to collapse.
- An investigation is underway on what caused the fire but officials believe it likely started mid-way down the building between two boats and a pull-behind camper.
On Sunday morning, a massive fire engulfed a boat storage facility in Buford, a city in Gwinnett and Hall counties in Georgia, destroying more than 80 boats.
Fire crews were called at around 5:25 a.m. to Road Boat Storage. The firefighters discovered half of the facility in flames, the Gwinnett County fire officials declared.
An overnight security officer working at the facility called 911 to report the incident.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported according to the fire department, but the blaze destroyed 86 boats and four vehicles. Also, one building at the facility caught fire causing its roof to collapse.
The fire department provided pictures showing heavy, dark smoke coming from powerful flames on Buford Dam Road.
“Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke showing from about half of the large boat storage facility,” Cpt. Tommy Rutledge told the Gwinett Daily Post. “Firefighters requested additional units to respond and mounted a defensive attack to control the blaze and protect exposures.”
A Hazmat Unit was requested to respond to “runoff of water due to the presence of fuel burning and foam application.”
The team stayed at the site for hours to observe hot spots after putting out the blaze.
Fire investigators on the scene “spent much of the afternoon sifting through the charred debris,” the fire department reported.
Some boat owners dropped by to assess the extent of the damage throughout the afternoon.
They’re still investigating the cause of the fire but said it likely started mid-way down the building between two boats and a pull-behind camper.