Major Marina Fire Destroys 50 Boats, Leaves Two Dead in Virginia

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February 29, 2016

A major fire ripped through a marina just off Virginia’s Rappahannock River early Monday morning, killing two people and destroying dozens of boats.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Milford Station received a report from Middlesex County at approximately 5:20 a.m. Monday morning stating there was a fire at the Dozier Yachting Center on Urbanna Creek in Urbanna and that two people who lived aboard boats in the marina were not unaccounted for.

The Coast Guard says it sent a 45-foot response boat-medium from Station Milford Haven arrived on scene and to establish a safety zone.

Based on reports at least 50 boats caught in the fire, the Coast Guard said. The fire has brought under control but as of 10 a.m. it had not been extinguished.

Authorities later confirmed to media that the two people were killed in the blaze.

The lead agency in the investigation of the fire is the Virginia State Police, the Coast Guard said.

Other agencies assisting in the response are Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, a Coast Guard incident management team, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, a Newport News HAZMAT Team, the York County Fire Department, the Virginia State Police.

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