Breaking: Early morning fire at Buford Dam Road Boat Storage destroys about 86 boats and 4 vehicles

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services is reporting that an early morning fire at Buford Dam Road Boat Storage in the 2140 block of Buford Dam Road in Buford has destroyed boats and vehicles stored at the business.

Boats and vehicles at marine storage company destroyed by fire on Oct. 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Rescue

Firefighters responded to the 5:22 a.m. report of a fire in the boat storage area at Buford Dam Road Boat Storage. An employee who provides overnight security called in to 911 to report that flames were showing from several boat slips.

“Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke showing from about half of the large boat storage facility,” Capt. Tommy Rutledge, public information officer for GCFER said in a press release.” Firefighters requested additional units to respond and mounted a defensive attack to control the blaze and protect exposures. Multiple hand lines, deck guns and two aerial ladders were used to knock down the bulk of the flames.  The Fire Department’s Hazmat Unit was requested to respond to monitor runoff of water due to fuels burning and foam application.  The fire extended to the retail and office area and caused a collapse of the roof.”

Rutledge said fire Investigators are on the scene and are speaking with the business owner and the employee who reported the fire.

“There is a total loss to approximately 86-boats and 4-vehicles.  An adjoining motorcycle shop is also damaged,” Rutledge said. “Per the Incident Commander, units will be out for an extended period of time dousing hot spots. A County Department of Water Resources tractor has been requested to assist fire crews with separating debris to include ten roofing material in order to complete fire extinguishment.”

Rutledge said there are three separate boat slip buildings on the property but only one connected to the office is damaged. No other boat slips or boats are involved. No injures were reported. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and under investigation.

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