Five boats sustained heavy damage in an overnight fire at Algoma Marina, according to the United States Coast Guard: Sector Lake Michigan.
The marina is closed so the Coast Guard and Algoma Fire Department can investigate what caused the fire. Also, the Algoma Fire Chief says some gasoline leaked into the water. Booms have been set up to catch the fuel so it doesn’t leak into the bay.
At about midnight, Kewaunee County Dispatch received a call about a fire at the marina, and dispatchers notified the Coast Guard.
Ensign Zach Hall of the USCG: Sector Lake Michigan tells Action 2 News the report came in that four boats were on fire. Three of the boats sank and a fourth boat was in the process of sinking, Hall says.
A fifth boat burned to the waterline.
The Algoma Fire Department was able to contain the fire. The department said the boats were located at two separate docks in the marina.
Ensign Hall tells us there are no reports of injuries.
A salvage company has been called to remove the boats from the water. Also, divers have been called in from Illinois to help with the investigation.
“When we have an event of this magnitude involving this many boats, it’s beyond our scope,” said Chief Thomas Ackerman, Algoma Fire Department. “So we’re working closely with the Coast Guard, the boat owners, and trying to contact companies that are professionals in doing this kind of salvage.”
Ensign Hall says the boats were larger recreational vessels, 30-50 feet in size.