Fire destroys building at Key West Boats facility

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The tooling building was reportedly a total loss. Photo courtesy of WECT.

The tooling building was reportedly a total loss. Photo courtesy of WECT.

A lightning strike is being blamed for a fire that destroyed the tooling building at the Key West Boats headquarters in Ridgeville, S.C. on Saturday night.

According to WECT, when crews from Dorchester County Fire Rescue arrived on scene at about 9:30 p.m., the tooling building was fully involved. The “highly flammable materials used in the boat production process” were blamed for the fire’s rapid spread.

Crews focused on protecting the remaining buildings at the facility and moved approximately 20 boats.

In a statement, Key West management said the tooling building was a total loss, but thanked the fire fighters, adding, “No other manufacturing buildings were damaged.” The company said that any employees displaced by the fire will be temporarily re-assigned to other departments.

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