15 Boats Fall Victim to Fire at Illinois Marina

The Illinois fire marshal office is still investigating the cause of the fire that burned about 15 boats at the Spring Brook Marina near Seneca.

“Until we have a definite cause of fire, we have to assume it’s suspicious,” La Salle County Sheriff Thomas Templeton said. “At this point in time, we don’t have a specific cause of fire.”

They currently do not have any persons of interest, he added.

A Seneca police officer saw the glow of fire while on patrol at about 1:10 a.m. last Thursday, Seneca Chief Ray Megland said. When the officer arrived on scene, there were four boats on fire. The marina is located on N2553rd Road, two miles west of Route 170, on the Illinois River.

The boats that caught fire were in winter storage. They were outside, but out of the water on wood beams and shrink wrapped for the winter, Templeton said.

No one was injured in the fire that reportedly took several hours to put out. Assistance in battling the blaze came from Marseilles, Morris, Serena, Naplate, Grand Ridge, Coal City and Mazon fire departments.

About 200 boats are stored at Spring Brook, some outside and some inside. No one was available at Spring Brook Marina to talk to the press because most of the staff was at the Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show, an employee said.

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