Large yacht, ‘The Notorious,’ burns at Ditto Landing

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Firefighters rushed to put out a fire on a large boat at Ditto Landing on Wednesday morning.

“The Notorious” was destroyed.  The fire started around 5 a.m.

That is the same boat that partially sank last August.  It was parked on land at Ditto Landing for major repairs.

It took a major effort to get The Notorious out of the water, and crews had to demolish a good portion of it in the process.

Mobile-based attorney James Rebarchak says he is representing Ditto Landing in on-going litigation with the owner of "The Notorious," who is believed to still be out of the country.

The Notorious was a 78-foot yacht with quite a rich history.  President Gerald Ford once owned it, and at another time, it's said an alleged mob boss owned it.  It's also said actor Charlton Heston used it in the past while filming a movie.

Investigators haven't said how the fire started.