Marina Fortin is located in Saint-Paul-de-L’Ile-aux-Noix
Up to 100 boats were destroyed in a fire at a Quebec province marina on Saturday.
Marina Fortin, located in Saint-Paul-de-L’Ile-aux-Noix, has berth space for 265 vessels and winter storage in a “space of several hundred thousand square feet,” according to its website.
Fire broke out in in a building in which employees were working “when a malfunction triggered a small explosion,” according to WPTZ-TV. No one was injured, though the fire posed a threat to local residents and thick, black smoke could be seen from miles away.
“The fire itself posed a very significant risk, just because of the nature of what was burning: the fiberglass and all the chemicals that were burning inside the building,” said Chris Trombley, of the Clinton County Office of Emergency Services. “It was a very intense fire, probably one of the most intense fires that I’ve ever seen.”
Firefighters from upstate New York were dispatched across the boarder to help fight the blaze.
Saint-Paul-de-L’Ile-aux-Noix is a common stopping point for boaters between Lake Champlain and Montreal.
Coincidentally, mid-way across the continent, a Sunday afternoon fire destroyed 55 boats stored in two barns in rural Hamilton, Ontario.
Some 19 fire departments were involved due to the intensity of the blaze, which spread quickly through the two buildings according to local officials.