Couple, dog escape yacht fire at Dania Beach Municipal Marina

Neighbor comes to rescue, pounding on side of boat to wake up sleeping couple

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Erica Rakow - Reporter

DANIA BEACH, Fla. - A couple and their dog safely escaped after their yacht docked at a Dania Beach marina caught fire early Wednesday.

About 60 firefighters with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue battled the flames on the "Lady Di," a 43-foot pleasure yacht at the Dania Beach Municipal Marina.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said an alert neighbor came to the aid of the man and woman on the yacht.

Greg Heath sprang into action after his neighbor's yacht caught on fire at the Dania Beach Municipal Marina.

"I'm just yelling, 'Get off the boat. The boat's on fire. Get off the boat,' and hitting it as hard as I can," Greg Heath told Local 10 News.

Carolyn Grasso said she and her husband were asleep when the fire started.

"We're not hurt, but I did lose everything I own," Grasso told Local 10 News. "That's my house."

The couple got out with just a few items and their dog, Cocoa.

"If Greg wasn't awake, we wouldn't be alive right now," Grasso said.

Kane said it took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the flames.

Carolyn Grasso and her husband escaped from their burning yacht with their dog, Cocoa.

About a dozen other residents at the marina were temporarily displaced while firefighters battled the blaze, but no other boats were damaged and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"This was our dream, and we both worked all our lives to have our dream," Grasso said.

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