Video: Large fire burns at Toledo Beach Marina in Monroe County

No serious injuries reported; hundreds of boats damaged or destroyed

A large fire burns at the Toledo Beach Marina on Dec. 4, 2020.
A large fire burns at the Toledo Beach Marina on Dec. 4, 2020.

LA SALLE, Mich. – Firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm fire Friday at the Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle, Mich.

Monroe County Emergency Manager Mark Hammond said there have been no injuries reported, but hundreds, if not more, boats have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. Dozens of firefighters have responded.

Hammond said the biggest issue they face has been getting water to put out the fire because marinas like this one are meant for getting boats in the water, not for large trucks. They have been having a difficult time getting the fire trucks to a place where they can get water they can use.

Here is a statement from the marina Friday morning, explaining all marina employees are safe and that an investigation into the cause is underway:

“A fire occurred this morning at Safe Harbor Toledo Beach in LaSalle, Michigan. We are relieved that all of our employees are safe and we are aware of no injuries.

Our leadership team is at the property managing the situation. We are working closely with first responders and have initiated an investigation into the cause.

As soon as we have more information, we will reach out to affected members.”

James Phyfe, Chief Resource Officer, Safe Harbor Marinas

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have been called in to help make sure fire crews are being monitored for exhaustion or fatigue.


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