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An investigation is underway after a fire in an outdoor storage area of Sailorman New & Used Marine store in Ft. Lauderdale store erupted on March 1 around 6 p.m.
Smoke could be seen billowing over the top of the 10,000-square-foot marine supply store located at 350 SE 24th St. The blaze was quickly contained by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Owner Chuck Fitzgerald, who purchased the store in 1985, said he was out to dinner nearby when he saw several fire engines race past the restaurant. He received a call shortly after notifying him that they were headed to his store, he said.
“It damaged a half dozen mufflers,” Fitzgerald said about the damage caused.
“Thank God that was it. Where is was, there wasn’t too much potential of it spreading.”
Fitzgerald said a neighboring building was scorched on the side, but damage is minimal and no injuries are reported.