Two Wilmington Fire Department crews responded to a yacht
fire on Airlie Road shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
Battalion Chief David Hines, WFD public information officer,
said nobody was occupying the about 50-foot yacht, located at 1410 Airlie Road,
when it caught fire.
The call came in at 9:02 a.m. with the first crew arriving
at 9:05 a.m.
Hines said the three-minute response time is unusual, explaining
that the crew from fire station No. 9 at Landfall was traveling over the Heide
Trask Drawbridge from Wrightsville Beach and saw the fire before responding. A crew from fire station
No. 10 at Seagate responded shortly after.
“They did have heavy fire showing,” Hines said, adding the
two crews were able to quickly knock down the fire.
An inspector later determined it was an accidental fire,
electrical in nature, Hines said.
The yacht, docked near the Fish House Grill, was valued at
an estimated $400,000, with an estimated $150,000 worth of damage. Hines said no
damage was done to other boats or the dock.
All crews left the scene at 11:23 a.m.