MIDDLESEX COUNTY, VIRGINIA – Virginia State Police confirmed they are investigating a possible arson at an Urbanna marina that left two people dead and over twenty boats destroyed by fire.
According to State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, a fire broke out at the Dozier Port Urbanna Marina in the Middlesex County town of Urbanna just after 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. That blaze spread quickly and completely destroyed a boathouse and storage facility, along with 21 boats docked at the facility and two cars parked in a nearby lot.
The fire prompted fourteen volunteer fire departments from around the region to respond to the scene and help douse the flames, which was brought under control nearly four hours later. Geller confirmed two people were killed and their remains have been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification.
During a press conference Monday, State Police said they are investigating the fatal fire as an arson case.
Search and Recovery teams from Virginia State Police, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and the United States Coast Guard are checking one boat that sank during the fire and and second partially-submerged boat to ensure there was no-one on board either boats at the time of the fire.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard and VMRC are working with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to address environmental containment and clean up.
The investigation is being conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office.
The marina is a popular stopping point for attendees of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, which is entering its 59th year in November of 2016.
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