Fires singe marine store

By Anthony Cormier News Herald Writer 747-5089 / [email protected]

Six engines and 25 firefighters put down a blaze at a marine business on Transmitter Road.

Wednesday night that caused damage estimated at $80,000.

A state fire marshal’s investigator said the cause apparently was accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction.

Bay County Control units from Hiland Park, Bayou George, Springfield and Southport responded to 3004 Transmitter Road, a mile south of U.S. 231, where they found "heavy fire"

on the north side of Sunset Isle Marine.

Springfield Assistant Chief Chris Taylor said the initial call came at 7:10 p.m., and firefighters contained the blaze about 20 minutes later.

The business, which sells parts and accessories but specializes in boat repairs, had significant damage to its northwest corner.

Firefighters entered the building and focused on that corner, Taylor said, containing most of the damage before it spread to the rest of the building.

No one was inside the business, and no firefighters were injured.

Investigator Don Cioeta of the State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived just after firefighters did.

After investigating, he said at 10:30 p.m. that an electrical problem apparently was the cause.

Cioeta also gave the $80,000 damage assessment.