Dozens of boats destroyed in Walnut Grove marina fire

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Dozens of boats destroyed in Walnut Grove marina fire

Postby WB Staff » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:26 pm


At least 14 boats were destroyed in a fast-moving fire Monday at the Walnut Grove marina.

The fire started just after midnight and took several hours to contain.

By the time crews stopped the spread of the fire, 14 boats had been destroyed in the blaze.

The boats were tied up in a series of covered slips along a stretch of water known as the Snodgrass Slough.
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Some of the burned boats were over 60 feet long, according to resident Dennis Fay.

Fay and his wife were asleep on their boat when they heard the sounds of explosions.

"It didn't take long because of all the fuel in the boats, fiberglass, propane just started going one after the other and as soon as it did, it just blew up. There was propane tanks blowing up, fuel tanks were on fire," said Fay.

Fay took his boat out onto the river to escape the flames and snapped photos of the devastation.

"It was like a forest fire," Fay said. "You looked at it and it was just solid flames, just huge and it was hot. I was out 100 feet from shore and you could feel the heat."

While there are a number of residents that live on their boats full-time, it is believed all of the burned boats were not occupied at the time.

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Re: Dozens of boats destroyed in Walnut Grove marina fire

Postby mark poulson » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:35 pm

That is a scary sight. I hope they're right, and no one was hurt.
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Re: Dozens of boats destroyed in Walnut Grove marina fire

Postby Hipster » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:19 am


That is my old stomping grounds of the Delta Lots of good fishing around there but not really pressured so sad to hear of this.
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Re: Dozens of boats destroyed in Walnut Grove marina fire

Postby Rich hamilton » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:50 pm

Good to c u post Mark! Once those boats get rolling they are impossible to stop. Problem is when you cut them loose or the ropes burn through they can float into another exposure. If you put too much water on them and sink em then you have a huge environmental disaster.

Cant replicate that smell of fiberglass burning, nasty stuff :)
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