ONLINE UPDATE: Yacht fire causes $150,000 worth of damage, no injuries

by Kelly Corbett
Sunday, January 19, 2014

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.


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