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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Explosion at Port Elgin Harbour

Port Elgin | by Manny Paiva  

Explosion, fire sends flames 60 feet into the air, destroys seven boats but no ore hurt.

Seven boats were destroyed after a massive fire and explosion at the Port Elgin harbour. (photo by Michael Johnson) 

There's been a massive fire and explosion at the Port Elgin harbour.

The Saugeen Shores Police and Fire departments responded to the scene with Bruce County paramedics around 2:40 AM on Tuesday.

Fire Chief Phil Eagleson tells us they found seven boats in the winter storage area fully engulfed in flames.

Eagleson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it was a hot, intense fire to fight since flames were shooting 60 feet into the air.

But he says firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to more vessels.

They were on the scene for more than four hours.

Residents in the area were gathering at the scene after being awoken by a loud explosion.

Eagleson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they heard from people as far as eight blocks away from the harbour, who woke up due to the intensity and noise from the explosion.

Eagleson adds the fire and explosion also caused damage to the washroom building and some nearby trees.

No one was hurt, but all seven boats were completely destroyed.

Saugeen Shores Police are now contacting the boat owners.

The cause of the fire and explosion are unknown -- but Eagleson says it is not suspicious.

The Fire Marshall's has been called to help investigate.

Eagleson says that happens whenever there is an explosion.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Saugeen Shores Police Service at 519-832-9200.




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