Boat catches on fire at marina; Plumes of smoke seen from downtown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Huge plumes of smoke could be seen from downtown Nashville after a boat caught on fire Tuesday afternoon.

The call went out around 2 p.m. at the Elm Hill Marina located at 3361 Bell Road.

The Nashville Fire Department responded to the call.

Walter Naylor was nearby when the fire started and told News 2 they saw the smoke then rushed over.

“We were working on another boat up in the parking lot, actually, and saw the smoke,” he said. “We’re not firefighters; we’re just with the boat club and thought we would lend a hand, and were able to save the marina from catching fire.”

Naylor told News 2 it was a 39-foot sea ray cruiser with at least 200 gallons of oil in it.

“It looked like the fire may have started up on the bridge somewhere, at least when we got it out there that seemed to be where it was, but it quickly came down to the rest of the boat and was in danger of catching all those other house boats that were on either side of it on fire,” he added.

Naylor also said the boat’s owner is safe and uninjured, and no other boats were damaged.Refresh this page for updates.

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