Fire destroys old Massachusetts boatyard building

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A fire Wednesday afternoon tore through a Falmouth, Mass., boatyard warehouse that has stood since the 1930s.

Firefighters from five departments responded about 2 p.m. to the two-alarm fire at the Quissett Harbor Boatyard. Flames reached well above the building's roof and were visible miles away, the Cape Cod Times reported.

No one was in the building, which serves as a workshop and provides storage for boats and equipment, when the fire started, said Weatherly Dorris, who owns the boatyard.

“It's quite a shame. This is a very dear old building," she told the newspaper as heavy smoke billowed out and firefighters fought the blaze.

Dorris holds an insurance policy on the building, which town assessors value at about $205,000, but she said the boats and gear inside were of great value.

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