Fire damages boats at Harbour House Marina

Flames tore through three boats sitting in dry dock late Tuesday night at Harbour House Marina in Prospect, gutting two of them as total losses.

Police and fire officials responded to a report of an explosion and fire about 10.45pm. Witnesses and authorities both said the blaze was under control within about 10 to 15 minutes.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the reported explosion and fire remains under investigation, according to a email issued by a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokesperson.

Two of the boats were reported to be total losses, said Chris Briggs, owner of Harbour House Marina Boatyard and Chandlery in Grand Cayman. He said a third boat sustained minimal damage.

Mr. Briggs said the vessels were snorkelling boats owned by Resort Sports. The boats were out of the water at the time of the fire, elevated above the ground and sitting dock side. Mr. Briggs said one of the vessels was being “totally refitted” while the others were undergoing maintenance.

One boat was 55 feet in length, while another was 45 feet long, Mr. Briggs said. He said those two vessels were said to be total losses. The third boat, 26 feet long, sustained minimal damage, Mr. Briggs said.

Mr. Briggs said it was his understanding the fire started on the larger boat, which had been undergoing the refit, and spread to the other vessels.

There was no further damage reported to the marina or other boats, he said.

Located in Grand Cayman, Resort Sports has 14 vessels and services diving, sailing and snorkelling tours in the Cayman Islands, according to the company’s website.

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