Fire at Marblehead boatyard leaves 6 boats, 3 trailers damaged

MARBLEHEAD, MASS. (WHDH) - A fire at a Marblehead boatyard early Friday morning left six boats and three trailers damaged.

Crews responding to a report of an explosion on Lincoln Avenue just after midnight found flames shooting from multiple boats, fire officials said.

Officials determined that the fire had started in one boat before spreading to five others and three trailers.

Video from the scene showed several boats that were left badly charred after melting in the flames.

The fire was reportedly put out quickly.

“This could have been catastrophic,” Scott Kaplowitch, who keeps his boat in the yard, said. “The whole boat yard could have gone up in flames.”

Although the cause remains under investigation, a spokeswoman for the state Fire Marshal’s Office said, “the focus is on an accident cause in one of the boats that spread to the others.”

An investigation is ongoing.