PORTLAND — Firefighters responded to a smoky blaze at the Maine Yacht Center around noon Monday.
The fire started near a fuel pump station at the bottom of the main access ramp to the floating docks and slips, which were full of boats. Several power lines as well as a fuel line run under the ramp, said Deputy Chief Bill Flynn.
Firefighters aimed hoses at a spot spewing brown smoke, and some flames could be seen under the dock, although the fire was under control within half an hour of the Fire Department’s response. Flynn said the smoke was caused by fuel burning off.
No boats were damaged in the blaze, however the ramp and nearby float sustained heavy damage, according to Flynn. The center was ferrying boat owners to their vessels in a skiff.
The center, at 100 Kensington St., has a marina as well as a service center and boat storage facility. The cause of the fire was still being determined.