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Maine Fire Destroys 15 Yachts

April 30, 2001

DEER ISLE, Maine (AP) _ A fire at a boatyard destroyed about 15 yachts and caused an estimated $5 million in damage, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported in the Saturday afternoon blaze at the Jericho Bay Boatyard on Deer Isle in eastern Maine.

Fire Chief Brent Morey said the fiberglass-hulled yachts in storage for winter had melted from the heat.

Firefighters were able to pump salt water from the bay and stop the flames from spreading, saving another dozen yachts.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating.

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