Washington Yacht Club fire burns several boats, deck

(Photo:Jummy Olabanji/WJLA)

It was a fiery scene at D.C.'s Southeast marina this morning as a fire completely destroyed several boats docked at the Washington Yacht Club.

Flames broke out around 2:45 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of M Street.

"I woke up hearing the noise sounded like someone trying to break into the boat. I saw three boats in flames," said Wiley Condit, a boat owner.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire may have started in one boat and spread to the others. He says the damaged boats were all yachts, between 30 to 45 feet long, and have been deemed a total loss.

As many as 60 firefighters responded to the scene after someone called 911 to report the fire, Piringer says. It took about 30 minutes to put out the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Due to concerns that oil may be leaking into the river, crews have placed booms in the water to contain the spill.

Damage is estimated at $1,000,000.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

"This is heartbreaking to see those rails sitting up, out of the water and to know whose boat is under there, that's the heartbreaking part,"
Said Jeff Taylor, a boat owner.

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