JCC marine rescue team to help battle Henrico marina fire

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In a Facebook Live video stream, Henrico Fire Department is seen battling the blaze at the Richmond Yacht Basin on Friday morning. (Courtesy Facebook Live/WTVR)
In a Facebook Live video stream, Henrico Fire Department is seen battling the blaze at the Richmond Yacht Basin on Friday morning. (Courtesy Facebook Live/WTVR)

A James City County marine rescue and fire response boat is enroute to Henrico County to assist with a Friday morning fire at the Richmond Yacht Basin marina, according to fire officials.

The James City County Fire Department is sending six firefighters to the marina, located at 9950 Hoke Brady Road in Henrico County, Batallion Chief Al Catlett said.

Catlett expected the marine incident response team to arrive at the marina on the James River by 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The call for help came in to James City County from the Port of Virginia at 7:30 a.m. this morning, Catlett said.

According to Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Taylor Goodman, fire officials received a call just after 7 a.m. reporting many boats were on fire at the marina.

Goodman said 12-15 boats were in flames, and the enclosure they were in had collapsed on the boats due to the blaze. Several people who were staying in the boats overnight were able to get out safely, he added.

James City County has the closest marine incident response team, Catlett said, which is why the Port of Virginia requested their assistance for the fire, Catlett said.

The Port of Virginia is an agency with a Marine Incident Response team task force, which consists of several departments with water rescue equipment, Catlett said.

No firefighters have been injured, Goodman said.

“The investigation into the fire is still very early and we’re not speculating yet,” Goodman said.

Update: James City County fire crews left the scene of the Henrico marina fire around 3 p.m. Friday, Catlett said.

While at the scene, the James City County crew helped control hot spots on the dock, extinguish remaining blazes, moved undamaged boats out of harm’s way and laid down a floating pollution control boom, he said.

Andrew Harris contributed reporting.