Boat Fire at Cape Charles Yacht Club

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Photo by Spencer Travis – Firefighters extinguish the fire on the Sea Sharp at the Cape Charles Yacht Club Feb. 26.

By Stefanie Jackson – A boat at the Cape Charles Yacht Club caught fire Tuesday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads reported at 6 a.m.

The Eastern Shore 9-1-1 Center received notification of the fire at 6:02 a.m. Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and firefighters and EMS personnel from Cape Charles and Cheriton responded, as well as firefighters from Eastville, Nassawadox, and Accomack County.

Cape Charles Fire Chief Jay Bell was in command at the scene.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also assisted while firefighters extinguished the fire on the 73-foot vessel, named Sea Sharp, from Ocean City, Md.

The Incident Management Division of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads responded to assess vessel salvage and environmental impact.

No injuries were reported.

In a prepared statement, Cape Charles Assistant Harbor Master Spencer Travis said, “We would just like to say thank you to all of the Eastern Shore’s first responders, especially the firefighters from Cape Charles who efficiently put out the fire, kept the vessel from sinking, and successfully contained all oil and diesel from escaping (the) vessel’s perimeter. It was a great show of community and communication.”

This story was updated to correctly name the Cape Charles fire chief.

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