Fire Heavily Damages Boat Storage Facility

Mon 2-10-2020

(Milford)-- Fire today (Mon.) heavily damaged a boat storage facility just northeast of Milford.

The Milford and Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire Departments were called to 2125 230th Avenue around 11:00 am. Assistant Milford Fire Chief Doug Hanna says smoke could be seen coming from the metal building when they arrived...Hanna02 

"Units arrived and we had some smoke so it was a working fire, of course, and so I think we got APO coming down right away, Arnolds Park-Okoboji, with manpower and two trucks because we really needed them for a building like that. You know there's a lot of fire load in there with boat storage and who knows what else so, we kind of needed that."

Hanna says a possible cause of the fire wasn't immediately known. The State Fire Marshal was on the scene late this (Mon.) afternoon.

Hanna says a dollar estimate of damage to boats that were in the building wasn't immediately known...Hanna03 

"It was burning inside pretty heavily. I mean there was a lot of heat in there and a lot of smoke. We vented it and crews went in pretty much right away and put a hit on the fire that was burning, so it was a good deal. This was a boat storage facility, then? Yep, there was boats in there, probably 8, 10, 12 boats in there. So it was pretty much all a loss? It's hard to say. You know insurance companies look at it different than a lot of people, you know, so."

Firefighters were on the scene until shortly before 4:00 pm.

No injuries were reported.