Fire destroys 102-foot Polar Bear

Jun 30, 2014 by Guest Writer

A fire this morning, June 19, has destroyed the 102-foot (31m) expedition-style M/Y Polar Bear built by Citadel Yachts.

The fire began while the yacht was undergoing regular maintenance at the Marine Group Boat Works shipyard in Southern California.

About six fire departments and other agencies tackled the blaze, which burned for more than two hours. Several sources in the area shared photographs of the fire and said the flames could be seen more than a mile away.

“I’ve been doing this 30 years and that was the largest fire I’ve ever seen,” one spectator said. “It was gigantic is all I could say.”

M/Y Polar Bear regularly travels the U.S. West Coast and the Pacific Northwest. It stops regularly in the shipyard in Chula Vista for work. The steel-hulled yacht is considered destroyed.

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