Expensive boats for sale in Door County now off the market after going up in flames!
STURGEON BAY (WITI) — A couple of boats up for sale in Door County…are now off the market. That’s because the boats, docked at Skipper Buds Quarerdeck Marina went up in flames on Monday night, August 25th.
Marina staff members on Tuesday were busy washing away blackened wooden panels, as the smell of fire still lingered in the air.
“I was running over there and I stumbled though the ditch and went to the other side. At the same time I was talking to 911 and dropped my phone. I got a bunch of pictures. I would say the flames on first boat, which was the biggest fire, was probably 15 feet high. It was not exciting because I hate to see any of this damage,” Daniel Schott of Sturgeon Bay said.
That 44-foot yacht, named Mary Kay, belongs to the Clarks.
“We were shocked!” Tom Clark of Fish Creek said.
Clark says his boat was up for sale.
“That’s why it was at Skipper Bud’s — so they could show it,” Clark said.
The boat had a $120,000 asking price, and it wasn’t the only boat to go up in flames.
“It started on the Mary Kay and then leapfrogged onto the boat next to it and then to a third one,” Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter said.
Porter says surveillance video is giving police more information on how the fire started.
“About 7 p.m. we start to see smoke coming out of a vent on the starboard side of the vessel Mary Kay which is where the fire originated from,” Porter said.
Two of the boats that caught fire were up for sale.
Porter says there is no reason to believe this fire is suspicious, or that someone started it intentionally.
“The fire appears to be accidental,” Porter said.
For now, the charred boats will stay on land while officials continue their investigation into the cause of the fire.
Officials estimate the fire caused about $400,000 worth of damage. About $20,000 worth of damage was done to the marina.