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Marblehead: Fire rips through boatyard and lit up six boats

Marblehead firefighters knocked down a boatyard fire that lit up six boats in under a half-hour early Friday morning.

A 911 call came in at 12:12 a.m. reporting a possible explosion at the boatyard at 7 Lincoln Ave. and soon after, additional calls came in reporting a fire, according to Capt. Thomas Rice with the town’s fire prevention office. One ladder truck and two engines got the fire under control at 12:39 a.m. and began checking for hot spots that could rekindle the blaze, said Rice.

The origin of the fire was in a 22-foot Eastern lobster boat, said Rice. While Marblehead fire crews were attending to the fire, Salem and Swampscott took coverage of the town, he said. Marblehead’s fire and police departments are working with the Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation Unit to determine the cause of the fire.

Rice said the estimated damages are between $500,000 and $750,000.

“It was a really good stop, especially with that dense of a storage facility,” said Rice. “The fuel load is very high so it can be very hard to get a fire like that under control so quickly.”

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