Home » News » Public Safety
Ashland marina blaze probed
A fire that claimed 22 boats at Riveredge Marina Sunday night is being investigated by the state Fire Marshal's Office. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
ASHLAND - While customers and store representatives milled about at the Riveredge Marina store Monday, state Fire Marshal's Office investigators stood near what's left of a dock marina building that burned to the waterline.
Fire broke out at the marina on Little Squam Lake Sunday about 10:30 p.m., according to Ashland Fire Department Capt. Timothy Joubert.
The fire started in a 5,000-square-foot marina building that housed 22 boats, according to the marina's owner, Barry Gaw. All the boats were lost, as was the building.
Gaw said there was no one in the marina at the time of the fire.
He praised firefighters for saving several boats docked within feet of the fire, and for preventing flames from spreading to most of the marina's buildings and boats.
"I guess the message from this is thankfulness; they saved so much," he said.
He said business will continue at the marina as the investigation of the fire proceeds.
State fire investigators said they had not yet found the cause of the blaze or the area of the building where the fire started.
They were conducting preliminary interviews with Gaw and the marina staff Monday, an investigator said.
Gaw said he hadn't calculated how much he had lost in the fire.
"I haven't begun to figure that out," he said.
Crews dropped a boom in the water to keep anything that spilled or fell into the water within the dock's small bay.
Across the bay, trees were charred as a result of the fire, possibly because of heat generated by igniting boat fuel, investigators said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- UPDATE: Search suspended for Northfield man a second day - 0
- Serious Concord crash injures Mass. woman - 0
- Concord police seek help locating homeless man - 0
- Barrington home destroyed in two-alarm blaze - 0
- Annual banquet on April 23 honors police, fire and EMS - 0
- I-93 crash under investigation - 0
- Body of missing NH man found in Vermont - 0
- Police seeking heroin epidemic answers - 0
- Teen ejected in Candia rollover - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Portsmouth arrests 2 for heroin sales - 2
- Two crashes reported on I-93 in Canterbury, Londonderry - 0
- Student brings knife into Nashua school - 0
- Ex-director jailed for theft from Londonderry nursery school - 1
- Anonymous email was 'malicious,' says Auburn police commissioner - 0
- Senate votes to ban hand-held cellphone use in cars; bill heads back to House - 10
- Auburn town administrator under fire - 0
- Belmont High likely will keep Red Raider mascot - 3
- Ice-out on WInnipesaukee expected by late next week - 0
Manchester mayor: 'It's the tax cap budget'
Derry woman accused of burglaries
Decency displayed: Havenstein's nice start