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Sailboat heavily damaged by fire in Havre de Grace Thursday morning

A 41-foot sailboat docked along the Havre de Grace waterfront caught fire early Thursday morning. The cause remains under investigation.
A 41-foot sailboat docked along the Havre de Grace waterfront caught fire early Thursday morning. The cause remains under investigation. (Courtesy of Chad Myers / Susquehanna Hose Company)

People living along the waterfronts of Havre de Grace and Perryville awoke Thursday morning to the sight of a burning sailboat moored on the Havre de Grace side of the Susquehanna River.

The 41-foot Dehler Sailing Yacht was docked at the Log Pond Marina, in the 600 block of Concord Street, and was unoccupied when the fire was reported by a passerby shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to fire investigators.

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The Susquehanna Hose Company responded, but the boat sustained heavy damage before the fire could be brought under control in approximately 20 minutes, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

No injuries were reported.

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Damage to the vessel is estimated at $100,000.

The owner lives in Chadds Ford, Pa., according to investigators, and the boat had been docked in Havre de Grace all winter.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday evening. The Fire Marshal's Office said there is no evidence the fire was the result of criminal activity.

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