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Hundreds of gallons of fuel cleaned from Stillhouse Cove

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By Dana Griffin 

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CRANSTON, RI- It's estimated that 900 gallons of oil and diesel fuel leaked after a massive blaze at the Rhode Island Yacht Club, Saturday night. Monday afternoon, crews refloated boats that were sunk and they continue to bring up bags filled with fuel–soaked cloths; a chilling reminder of what happened just before midnight.

"I just started banging on the other boats where I knew there were some other members staying,” said boat owner, Joel Pomdranz. Laura Anderson called 911. Joel and Laura had just docked their boat for the first time ever here the day before.

Two other couples lived on their boats and lost everything. Club commodore, Robert O'Brien said, "We'll do our best to support our members who lost their boats and in some cases lost their homes. So, we'll do our best to support them but the club's gonna go on as usually."

The dock will be replaced. Other boat owners will have to check for fuel at the bottom of their boats before they use them.

The coast guard and DEM are working on the environmental impact. So far, they don't believe this will affect wildlife or the upcoming fishing season.

"Today, the divers are in the water as we speak surveying the hull to determine the best way to lift them and start salvage operations. They expect to start the salvaging operations today on the first couple of vessels they can get to," said U.S. Coast Guardsman, Douglas Furman.

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