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Four sailing boats on fire at Corfu marina Gouvia (picts, vids)

Four sailing boats were engulfed in flames when a fire broke out at the Gouvia marina on the island of Corfu short after 4:00 pm on Wednesday, the Fire Brigade reported.

The fire spread quickly from a 20-meter-long sailing vessel to adjacent boats within seconds.

According to local media, the area has been filled with thick, black smoke, while explosions were heard.

19 firefighters with 5 engines are operating in the ares, while support from the Fire Service in Igoumenitsa on the mainland is under way.

The firefighter are struggling to remove boats so that the blaze does not spread further.

State broadcaster ERT reported at 6:15 p.m. that three of the plastic vessels have been sunk, while a wooden boat build in the 1929 was still on fire.

Next to the efforts to extinguish the blaze, teams are trying to place floating protection nets in order to avoid sea pollution from the fuel in the boats.

The causes of the fire on the vessel are unknown, so far. Investigators from the Fire Service have reportedly rushed to the area.

The fire started on the boat at a side of the marina and not in the center where dozens of sailing boats have anchored, ERT underlined.

No injuries have been reported as nobody was on the four sailing boats, ERT added.

Gouvia marina is one of Greece’s largest and can accommodate up to 960 vessels on its fixed and floating piers.

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