During the early morning of November 13, a fire broke out at Seabrook Harbor & Marine in New Orleans, damaging up to seven vessels and a wood frame structure, local media NOLA.com reports. Among the heavily damaged vessels was reportedly 23.4-meter classic yacht Bougie. However, there were no reported injuries, according to the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD).
NOFD received a call at 5:43 a.m. and firefighters arrived six minutes later, where they found five vessels (two on water and three on land) and the office building in flames. Strong winds carried burning debris to two other boats that then caught fire as well.
Due to the lack of nearby hydrants and needing to source water from the canal, additional help was called. A total of 55 firefighters from 21 units, along with New Orleans Emergency Medical Service, New Orleans Police Department, Harbor Police, and Entergy Electric, worked together to get the fire under control. It was deemed under control at about 8:17 a.m.
Co-owner of Seabrook Harbor Jeffery Montz told WWL-TV that it appeared the fire started in the office building, which has completely burned to the ground, and the winds played a role in spreading the fire. Five boats were heavily damaged, and two experienced minor damage. He said the vessels were at the facility being repaired or had been scheduled for repairs.
NOFD is working to investigate the origin of the fire.