FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP/WNCN) – Authorities say a huge fire has destroyed two large yachts in South Florida, sending flames skyward and leaving millions of dollars in losses.
No injuries were reported in Saturday’s pre-dawn fire.
Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told news outlets the fire started in one of the yachts and that winds caused it to spread to the other luxury vessel.
He said one of the yachts was worth $8 million, while the other was estimated at between $12 and $16 million.
About 100 firefighters fought the blaze at the Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale. It took crews about four hours to bring the fire under control.
Video from Fort Lauderdale fire crews showed massive flames in the area.
Fire officials announced they believe the blaze started on the 160-foot yacht and then spread to the neighboring 100-foot yacht.
Gollan says one of the yachts was undergoing renovations. The fire official says authorities are investigating witnesses reports that they heard explosions.
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