Boats pulled up after fire

The charred remains of boats have been pulled up and the fire department is now tasked with a mountain of paper work after the marina fire on Jan. 6.

Crews salvage burnt debris from the Jan. 6 marina fire. Recovery started Monday

Crews salvage burnt debris from the Jan. 6 marina fire. Recovery started Monday

The charred remains of boats have been pulled up and the fire department is now tasked with a mountain of paper work after the marina fire on Jan. 6.

The dramatic fire destroyed several boats and boathouses and left one man dead.

Now clean up crews, including Ladysmith fire department and the RCMP are wrapping up.

The crews started working Monday, Jan. 17. Crews pulled the last of them up late last week.

A crane and barge were being used to pick up the debris from the water.

Dave Ehrismann, the Maritime Society’s executive director, said it will be taken away and disposed of properly.

One thing that aided the clean up was the quick actions of volunteers after the fire.

“A containment boon was placed immediately after the fire,” Ehrismann said.

“Volunteers from the community and the [maritime] society also removed the debris from the water and put it into the boon area.”

After a fire, like the one at the marina, there’s still lots of work to be done for fire crews, said Fire Chief Ray Delcourt.

“There’s so many different insurance companies and we deal with them,” he said.

He said in a case like the marina fire, he must fill out a form for each incident.

“Need separate ones for each boat and houseboat,” he said.

Ladysmith fire department is involved with the investigation and all the paperwork that goes with it.

“It takes seven hours to put out the fire but weeks to do the paperwork,” he said.

The investigation of what caused the fire is still ongoing.