There was a fire in Belmont Harbor last night which, according to the papers destroyed two 42' powerboats and damaged a sailboat. Both the Chicago Sun-Times
and Chicago Tribune
had brief stories and there's some footage of the fire here
The fire was started by a citronella candle and spread by the wind to the next two boats over.
Of course, when I read that a sailboat was involved, I felt compelled to walk over to the harbor to make sure that it wasn't mine, even though logic told me I was fine since I'm on a mooring.
I overheard two of the boat owners (the one where the fire started and the damaged sailboat) providing accounts of the event on their cell phones. I also talked to a couple of guys who were on their boats on the next dock over, who recounted a very different version of events and which, quite frankly, squares more with the scenario I would have put forward as the cause.
The entire harbor is covered in diesel and reeks of fuel and smoke.
Here is my flickr set
. Here are some excerpts below:
These are the boats that were destroyed. The one on which the fire started is the one that's sunk.
The second boat used to have a flying bridge.
And here's the damaged sailboat. Lot of heat damage. I would not be surprised if it doesn't have structural damage to the hull from the heat of the flames:
It was a pretty bad scene.