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Fire destroys 3 boats, damages 4th at Chesterfield Twp. marina

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A FOX 2 viewer sent in this photo of crews working to extinguish a marina fire on Sunday. A FOX 2 viewer sent in this photo of crews working to extinguish a marina fire on Sunday.
A FOX 2 viewer sent in this photo of crews working to extinguish a marina fire on Sunday. A FOX 2 viewer sent in this photo of crews working to extinguish a marina fire on Sunday.

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Three boats were destroyed and a fourth damaged at a Macomb County marina by an owner preparing his vessel for winter storage.

Chesterfield Twp. police say shrink wrap was being applied to one boat Sunday afternoon when the fire started at the marina in Chesterfield Township.

Fire Capt. Richard Schroeder tells the Macomb Daily each of the boats were 30 feet and longer. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

The marina is northeast of Detroit.

Firefighters from nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base pumped about 200 gallons of foam to smother the blaze and soak up spilled fuel.

Shrink wrap is a thin, polymer cover that protects boats from the weather during winter months.

Schroeder says that when shrinkwrapping "they heat the plastic" with a torch.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story

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