McCotter's Marina Fire

Published 5:32 pm Friday, January 7, 2011

By Staff
Staff Reports
A fire at McCotter’s Marina early Friday resulted in three people being treated for minor injuries and damaged or destroyed at least 25 boats and the marina’s north dock.
The three people injured were treated for burns, hypothermia and other minor injuries, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the cause of the fire. The marina is on the west shore of Broad Creek, near its confluence with the Pamlico River.
Booms were placed in the water to help contain pollution and debris. Officials said fuel from the damaged or destroyed boats contaminated the creek.
At 12:30 a.m., the Beaufort County 911 Center received call reporting the fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Upon arriving at the marina, firefighters and deputies found the north dock engulfed in flames. Emergency personnel initiated fire-suppression measures and began ensuring boats in the area were evacuated.
Area fire departments, EMS units, state and county emergency-management personnel and the Sidney Dive Team responded to the blaze. The hazardous-materials team from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Fire Department also responded to the scene.
A 24-foot-long rescue boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken was dispatched to the scene about 1 a.m. The Coast Guard was on the scene Friday morning to help contain debris and pollution from the fire, according the Coast Guard’s Fifth District’s public-affairs office. Coast Guard pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector North Carolina also were on the scene Friday to assess the amount of pollution from the fire.
Eastern Environmental, a private, hazardous-materials company, was called in to conduct cleanup operations.
For more details about the fire, see Saturday’s Daily News.
For a video of the fire click the link below.