Burned yachts most expensive fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history

Yachts worth $20 million went up in flames

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fire rescue officials are calling it the biggest monetary loss in the history of Fort Lauderdale after two yachts caught fire.

The yachts were worth more than $20 million.

Salvage crews worked throughout Sunday to remove as much scaffolding as they could.

Residents woke up to sounds of explosions Saturday morning.

Both yachts were in the process of getting repaired and painted at the Universal Marine Center on Southwest 25th Terrace when the fire broke out.

Firefighters battled the blaze from above with ladder trucks. It took them more than six hours to control the flames. A total of 27 units were involved in the effort.

Investigators confirmed Monday that the fire was deemed not to be suspicious and that the salvage process would begin soon. 

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