Two people killed in massive fire at Dozier’s marina in Urbanna

Posted at 7:06 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 19:02:58-05

URBANNA, Va. -- Two people were killed in a massive fire at Dozier Yachting Center in Urbanna, Virginia State Police confirmed. The cause of the fire remains part of an active arson criminal investigation, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said.

Earlier, the Coast Guard said two people who lived on boats at the marina were unaccounted for Monday morning. The identities of those killed in the fire have not yet been released.

Fire crews from around Middlesex County, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Virginia State Police were called to Dozier Yachting Center around 4:30 a.m.

Beth Justice, who lives near the marina, said she called 911 when she saw the flames from her home that overlooks the water. She said she saw and heard gas tanks explode as the flames spread.

Marina fire in Urbanna (PHOTO: Beth Justice)

Marina fire in Urbanna (PHOTO: Beth Justice)

Major Sampson, with the Middlesex Sheriff's Office, said around 50 boats were damaged in the fire. No one was hurt battling the fire, he said.

Marina fire in Urbanna (PHOTO: Beth Justice)

Marina fire in Urbanna (PHOTO: Beth Justice)

The fire was marked under control before 7:30 a.m. Major Sampson fire crews helped prevent the flames from spreading to nearby condominiums.

A Hazmat team from Newport News was called to the marina to assist in the investigation.

This is a developing story, so anyone with additional information can submit a news tip here.



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