HAMPTON, Va. ( WAVY) — Hundreds of gallons of fuel spilled into a Hampton marina early Monday morning after a boat went up in flames.
Officials with the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue said crews were called to Blue Water Yacht Center, off Marina Road, just after 3:30 a.m. after a 40-foot boat caught fire.
About 300 gallons of fuel spilled into the water, and the boat sank. The fire was initially extinguished in less than 45 minutes.
However, the flames reignited nearly two hours later.
No other boats were damaged in the fire, but officials said there was minor damage to the pier.
Neighbor Bill Knowles says he heard an explosion in the early morning hours. He and his wife live four boats — or 50 feet — away from the boat that caught fire.
“They had left yesterday afternoon to go home. Fortunately they did because they would have never survived that,” Knowles said.
Capt. Joe Brown with Hampton fire said the top priority was making sure people and their boats were safe.
The fire department says the cause will remain under investigation at least until what’s left of the boat can be raised from the bottom of the marina.
This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.