|Published:||Jan 21, 2013 1:19 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 21, 2013 5:50 PM EST|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - It will be Tuesday before the fire marshal can investigate a fire at a Charlotte County boat warehouse.
Flames erupted at the Gator Creek Marina in Punta Gorda Sunday afternoon.
Boat owner Gregg Cameron says he was playing golf nearby when he saw the thick black smoke.
"Lots and lots of black smoke going straight up in the air and instantly you know its fiberglass because that burns black," he says.
Cameron was here with friends and fellow boat owner John Jioia. His boat, aptly named 'Joyaaa' was just a few feet from where the blaze happened.
"You kind of get attached to the boat a little more than you want to probably... I felt very relieved," he says.
Relieved that 'Joyaaa' is still here. Marina co-owner Tim Lisby says, when he got the call Sunday afternoon, his first fear was that the entire building was engulfed in flames.
"We could have had a real mess if we'd had 40 boats going up at one time... four is bad enough but times that by 10 and its a mess," he says.
Lisby says they've never had a fire at Gator Creek Marine. The business was closed Sunday.
"People have to deal with losing their toy, their fun," he says.
Cameron says his friend owns one of the boats that was burned and recently cancelled the insurance for it intending to sell it.
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