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Boats ruined in shed fire

A storage shed housing 230 boats at a marina south of Brisbane catches fire Monday afternoon, causing millions of dollars damage.

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Fire investigators are examining the charred remains of at least 20 luxury cruisers which were destroyed in a blaze at a storage shed south of Brisbane yesterday.

At least two boats were reduced to ashes after fire tore through part of the storage shed at the Horizon Shores marina near Jacobs Wells about 2pm.

Firefighters work to save more than 200 boats.

Firefighters work to save more than 200 boats.

The multi-level storage shed housed 230 boats.

At least 20 vessels in the shed were lost, the Department of Community Safety said.

‘‘Some you can barely recognise as a boat - they’re a pile of ashes,’’ said Queensland Fire and Rescue Service duty manager Mick Torrens.

Fire burns inside a boat shed south of Brisbane.

Fire burns inside a boat shed south of Brisbane.

‘‘It’s been quite an intense fire and obviously with fibreglass and boats containing fuels, furnishing and timber they burn well.’’

Twenty-three fire crews battled the blaze on Cabbage Tree Point Road in Steiglitz and managed to contain the fire to the northeast corner of the shed, saving hundreds of boats.

‘‘We’ve been pretty lucky, because it’s a huge shed,’’ Mr Torrens said.

An aerial photo of the Horizon Shores marina blaze taken by the Channel Seven helicopter.

An aerial photo of the Horizon Shores marina blaze taken by the Channel Seven helicopter. Photo: Channel Seven

Upon arrival firefighters were confronted with acrid, black smoke, which could be seen billowing from the shed up to 10 kilometres away.

In order to extinguish the blaze, firefighters removed up to four damaged boats from the shed.

‘‘Once the fire was largely knocked down, one of our officers wearing a breathing apparatus drove the facility’s forklift to remove the burnt boats,’’ Mr Torrens said.

An aerial photo of the Horizon Shores marina blaze taken by the Channel Seven helicopter.

An aerial photo of the Horizon Shores marina blaze taken by the Channel Seven helicopter. Photo: Channel Seven

‘‘We couldn’t extinguish it completely until we cleared things out of the way.’’

Fire investigators arrived at the scene this morning to determine what caused the blaze.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Horizon Shores management has declined to comment.