PortandTerminal.com, November 18, 2019
Investigators are looking at surveillance video from Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale to try to determine whether the massive fire that destroyed 2 mega yachts on Saturday was intentional or accidental
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Cellphone video showed flames raging out of control and plumes of smoke billowing into the air after the fire at Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
M/Y Lohengrin, a 161-foot Trinity and M/Y Reflection, a 107-foot Christensen burned in a fire that started early in the morning on Nov. 16 at Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale. Both vessels were under scaffolding for repairs and refit work in the yard.
Hours after dawn, firefighters used ladder trucks to control the flames.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue received the call at 4:43 a.m. and crews responded immediately, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey A. Lucas.
“The first pictures showed the whole thing on fire,” Lucas said. “The aluminum burned at about 1,100 degrees and melted creating an umbrella that’s not allowing us to penetrate to put out the fire. We’ll continue to fight.”
Fire rescue personnel believe the fire started on one yacht and the wind caused it to spread to a second one.
According to Jeffrey Lucas, Chief Deputy at Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, one yacht was worth $8 million, and one was worth between $12 million and $16 million.
Fire rescue said one of the yachts was undergoing renovations.
They are investigating whether that had anything to do with the fire.
There were no injuries reported.
Universal Marine Center’s general manager Laurent Bensoussan and Bernard Calot are grateful no one was injured and said the yard had its regular fire maintenance two weeks ago.
The paint jobs were almost finished, as well as teak and interior work, according to Calot. M/Y Reflection was getting ready to leave in 10-12 days and M/Y Lohengrin was scheduled to depart in about three weeks.
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