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Illinois marina fire engulfs several boats

At least 16 luxury boats were on fire early this morning at a marina in Seneca, Ill.

The blaze started at about 1:15 a.m. at the Spring Brook Marina, which is about 75 miles from Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Seneca Fire Department, aided by a half-dozen neighboring departments, was still on the scene at 6:30 a.m., according to the LaSalle County sheriff's office.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Deputy Robert Reed said the cause of the fire was unknown and the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office had been called to investigate. He indicated that the fire spread from boat to boat, saying the initial call firefighters received mentioned only three vessels.

Most of the boats on fire had been put into drydock for the winter, he said.

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