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Yacht club fire destroys 6 boats, two couples homeless

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By Dana Griffin



CRANSTON, RI- Too shaken to talk on camera, Sue Main and her husband got a first glimpse of their home, a 60–foot boat that caught fire Saturday night after their neighbor's boat went up in flames around 11:30 p.m.

Cranston deputy fire chief, Paul Valletta said, "We found out that there was no body on the boat but we did have six or 7 people trapped at the end of the dock. They were cut off by the fire so we had to get a fire boat into the water to get those people out and get them to shore, which we did."

State fire marshals believe the fire started on one vessel, then spread to the dock and five other boats.

Another couple was having diner when they realized the fire was spreading.

Three boats were sunk at the Rhode Island Yacht Club.

On Sunday, DEM started pumping diesel fuel out of the harbor, unsure of how much leaked into the water.

DEM estimates they'll be here cleaning up for a week.

Members watched all day, some of them with boats, luckily unaffected by the flames.

"This is the beginning of our season and it's a terrible way to start. This is a blue collar club. We all take care of our own boats and these people put their lives into that and now they're sitting on the bottom," said, RI Yacht Club member, Robert O'Brien.

Wayne Morris is the club's fleet captain. He says a Mother's Day brunch was held at the club, although its members are still in shock over the damage.

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