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Several boats catch fire near Riviera Marina

Punta Gorda Boat Fire
Posted at 2:55 PM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 20:04:06-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Anyone driving on I-75 this afternoon near Punta Gorda probably saw a lot of black smoke.

Just to the west of the interstate, the sky was filled with heavy black smoke.

Punta Gorda boat fire

Crews responded to the Riviera Marina off of Deltona Drive near the Riviera Bar and Grill around 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

Public Information Officer Todd Dunne says several boats were on fire when they arrived.

The boats were bunched up together near the dock.

The fire was put out around 4:30 p.m. and the Coast Guard along with others are out there for fuel clean-up and containment.

No one was hurt.