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WMFR responds to fire at Cortez Cove Marina

CORTEZ – At about 3:45 p.m. Monday afternoon, personnel from West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue responded to a boat fire at the Cortez Cove Marina, 4522 121st St. W. in Cortez.

WMFR Fire Chief Ben Rigney said the fire occurred on a 72-foot Princess yacht that was out of the water and up on jacks when the fire occurred.

WMFR responds to fire at Cortez Cove Marina
A 72-foot Princess yacht that was out of the water and up on jacks caught fire Monday afternoon. – Ben Rigney/WMFR – Submitted
“It’s contained to the one boat and it is not out yet. We have a ladder truck in the air. There’s a lot of fiberglass and fuel so it will probably take a while to put out,” Rigney said.

When contacted again at 5:03 p.m. Rigney said the fire was contained but not completely extinguished.

WMFR responds to fire at Cortez Cove Marina
A ladder truck was used to disperse water on the burning boat. – Ben Rigney/WMFR | Submitted

“We have it knocked it down pretty good, but it’s fiberglass so it will burn for a while. It’s on jacks so we have to let it fill up and then let the water drain out and then do it again because we don’t want to put too much stress on the jacks and have the boat fall over. It’ll be a long, slow process, but you shouldn’t be able to see the smoke anymore,” Rigney said.

Rigney said the fire was contained to that yacht only and there were no injuries and no damage to the marina buildings.

WMFR responds to fire at Cortez Cove Marina
This ladder truck and crew responded to the fire scene. – Ben Rigney/WMFR – Submitted

Rigney said Sea Tow diked the area to prevent water runoff and the Coast Guard was notified as well.

“We had a quick knockdown and did a good of containing this to the one boat. Now it’s just a slow process making sure it’s out,” Rigney said.

WMFR responds to fire at Cortez Cove Marina
The fire was contained to a single boat and no injuries or structural damage to the marina occurred. – Shane Pelkey | Submitted

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