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Firefighters stopped a Monday morning blaze that destroyed two boats from spreading to a First Colony homeowner’s property.

Units from the James City County Fire Department arrived at the First Colony Beach and Marina around 5:49 a.m. – seven minutes after receiving the call – to find two docked boats on fire, Assistant Chief Miles Pettengell said.

The fire had spread to the adjacent brush, Pettengell said. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 5:55 a.m., preventing it from reaching a detached garage nearby.

Both boats – a 16-foot sailboat and a 23-foot pleasure boat – are considered total losses, Fire Marshal Kenny Driscoll said. Other boats in the area suffered heat damage.

The marina had signs of vandalism, with boat covers pulled off and clear indications that items on the boats had been rifled through, Driscoll said.

A letter from the neighborhood’s beach/marina chairman to boat owners said boat flares may have been used to set the fire. Driscoll said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but did confirm boat flares were among the items missing from boat kits.

The marina is again open to members, but the fire and possible vandalism remain under investigation.