At least 20 boats damaged following dock fire on Lake Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Fire crews battled a dock fire on Lake Guntersville for hours Saturday night.

The call went out Saturday morning around 12:30.  No injuries have been reported.

The fire happened near The Pointe  and the Top O’ The River restaurants on Lake Guntersville.

“A lot of property and a lot of money went up in flames tonight,” said Guntersville Fire Chief Bryan Waldrop.

Chief Waldrop said about 20 to 23 boats were lost in an overnight fire at Val Monte Marina.

“The canopy that covered the slips has collapsed on top of the boats, most of those consisting of fiber glass,”he explained.

Which, when coupled with the wind, helped spread the fire. Chief Waldrop said it will continue to burn for several hours.

“Pretty much kills the summer for sure,” said Jim Lashley, found out he lost two boats in the fire this morning.

“I got a text message from a friend of mine who lives in Tuscaloosa, and apparently he had seen some pictures on Facebook. I didn’t believe him,” he said.

He said that was because he lives a half a mile away and didn’t hear any sirens or anything. But despite the inevitable insurance headaches, boats are replaceable.

“I’m just glad that there were no lives lost. People spend their nights on their boats down here,” said Lashley.

Will Kennamer with the Marshall County EMA said some petroleum from the boats did make it into the harbor, but it was very minimal. Luckily, they were able to contain it.

“Because the sheen is very small it is thin, it’s gonna be easy to take care of,” he said.

They’re working with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to keep it that way.

Property owner Louis Crowder said they will work to rebuild the area as quickly as they can.

“This is prime time of the year for them. This is where they come and like to spend their time, you know it’s basically just an inconvenience to everybody,” he said.

While the cause of the fire is being investigated, Chief Waldrop said there are no early indications that foul play was involved.

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