Two bodies found in boat remains after fire swept marina
MIDDLESEX CO., Va. – The cause and origin of a fatal fire at a Middlesex County marina are currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police and Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 4:34 a.m., Monday (Feb. 29), a fire broke out at the Dozier Port Urbanna Marina in the Town of Urbanna.
The fire quickly spread and consumed a boathouse and storage facility. Twenty-one boats were also destroyed in the blaze, as well as two cars parked in the marina’s parking lot.
Fourteen volunteer fire departments from around the region responded to the scene to assist Middlesex County Fire and Rescue with containing the blaze, which was under control by 8:30 a.m. Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene for environmental containment and clean up. Also assisting at the scene are the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM).
At this time, there are two confirmed fatalities. The remains of those individuals have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification. Search and Recovery Team divers with Virginia State Police, VMRC and the US Coast Guard are checking one submerged boat and another partially-submerged boat to ensure no one was onboard either of those boats at the time of the fire.
The investigation is being conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office.