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Fire destroys yacht in Miami shipyard

A fire has destroyed the second yacht in VisionF Yachts’ 24.9m series, Flagship.

The incident occurred over the weekend (April 28) at Merrill-Stevens Yachts’ repair yard in Miami, Florida.

The yacht had arrived at the shipyard last week and was in the water under the shipyard’s shed.

“Upon arrival, units found a large vessel fully engulfed in flames,” according to a statement from the City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue. “Over 34 units and 100 firefighters, including the Hazmat Team and Fireboat, worked together to extinguish the blaze in just over an hour.

Vision Yachts 82ft yacht on fire in Miami. Photo courtesy Miami Fire Rescue
Vision Yachts 82ft yacht on fire in Miami. Photo courtesy Miami Fire Rescue

“As a precautionary measure, all nearby vessels were safely relocated to prevent any damage.”

In an update on the Miami Fire Rescue Instagram, the organisation confirmed it had responded to multiple calls for an 82ft yacht fire.

The post confirmed there were no reported injuries during the operation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Solar panels and electrical batteries onboard the yacht are said to have helped to fuel the fire.

The Miami Police Department also released a statement announcing that 12th Avenue Bridge had to be shut for several hours as a result of the blaze.

The Coastguard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct an assessment for any water contamination the fire may have caused. 

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