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Authorities Continue Investigating Boat Fires at Lake Monticello

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Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE) Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE)
Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE) Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE)
Boats damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE) Boats damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE)
Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE) Boat damaged by a fire at Lake Monticello (FILE IMAGE)
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Insurance adjusters and investigators returned to the scene of a fire that damaged or destroyed six boats at Lake Monticello on Thursday.

"At this point we think we found all destroyed boats," said Steve Horwitz with the Lake Monticello Police Department.

On Friday, Horwitz said that two boats are beached, two are half-submerged, one sunk into the water, and one is on dock with damage. All of the boats are now secured.

"We’re making sure we've notified all owners," said Horwitz.

"It might be difficult for the owners to identify the boats that are theirs because of the extent of the damage to them. They're totally destroyed," said Lake Monticello Police Chief Tom Boisvert.

Neighbors say the first boat caught fire around 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3. It is believed that the wind helped to spread the flames to other boats.

Some boats became untethered as fire burned through ropes, causing them to float away from the dock. Emergency crews had to chase them down to put out the flames.

Despite the massive flames and explosive noises neighbors described, police believe no oil leaked into the lake. Crews deployed brooms to keep any liquid that might have escaped maintained, and the maintenance department is looking into monitoring the water.

There are no reports of injures.

Investigators are still working to determine what sparked the fire.