Fire on yacht docked at Bahia Mar causes more than $15,000 damage
December 4 2002

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – A fire started by a short circuit caused more than $15,000 in damages to a luxury yacht docked at the Bahia Mar marina early Wednesday, firefighters said. No injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Chris Weir said the blaze was discovered around 1 a.m. by a deckhand who was sleeping aboard the 94-foot-long yacht, which is tied up at Dock E. The deckhand awoke when a smoke detector went off and found smoke -- then fire -- coming from an overhead light fixture in a bar area that is part of the boat’s living-room area.

The deckhand called for help and then used a smoke extinguisher to put out the blaze before firefighters arrived.

Cause of the blaze was a short circuit in the lighting fixture. Weir said the boat’s living room area was damaged by the fire, the smoke and by the contents of the spent extinguisher. Damages were estimated at more than $15,000.

The $2 million yacht is owned by Pacific Equipment Leasing.

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