Several boats catch fire at Elm Hill Marina - WKRN News 2

Several boats catch fire at Elm Hill Marina

Posted: Updated: Sep 29, 2013 03:30 PM

Several boats caught fire on Percy Priest Lake early Sunday morning.

The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. at the Elm Hill Marina located in the 3300 block of Bell Road.

Firefighters reported flames reached 25 to 30 feet high.

Five or six boats caught fire, burning the ropes keeping them tied to the dock.  Several boats drifted away and at least two sank.

While crews were working to contain the fire, a nearby pedestrian ramp collapsed while firefighters and residents were standing on it.

Two residents and a firefighter fell into the water, but were soon rescued by fellow firefighters nearby.

Officials told News 2 boat fires are especially concerning since firefighters wear such heavy gear, and falling in the water is always a possibility.

Fuel spills and hazardous materials that spill into the water also pose a major threat to those responding to the scene.

Authorities said luckily no one was inside any of the boats that caught fire, and no one was injured when the ramp collapsed.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Office of Emergency Management, and HAZMAT assisted with clean-up of leftover debris Sunday.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

No further details were immediately released.

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