Deputies: Electrical fault led to NC marina fire

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A marina fire that injured three people and destroyed two-dozen boats was caused by an electrical fault.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said Friday that foul play is not suspected. They concluded that it was an electrical issue based on physical evidence and interviews.

Officials were called to the McCotters Marina fire shortly after midnight and found one of the docks already engulfed in flames. Three people suffered burns or hypothermia but have been released.

The U.S. Coast Guard is using a boom to contain debris and pollution. Officials say it could take several days to finish the clean-up.

The 180-slip marina is on a creek off the Pamlico River, about 35 miles inland from Pamlico Sound.

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