Fire destroys boats at Virginia builder’s site

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It took more than 100 firefighters to extinguish a fire Tuesday at Tiffany Yachts in Burgess, Va.

The fire started in a building complex used for boat construction, destroying a nearly finished 38-footer valued at about $700,000, according to an article on Fredericksburg.com.

Two other boats undergoing repairs in the building also were destroyed, company president Randolph Cockrell Jr. told Fredericksburg.com. The boats were a 46-foot Tiffany Yacht built in 1969 and a 38-foot Little Harbor. The fire was contained before it reached the rest of the boatyard.

Tiffany, which has been in business since 1934, builds custom yachts from 30 to 80 feet. Twelve employees of Tiffany Yachts Inc. in Northumberland County have been laid off temporarily, said Cockrell.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire, though they say foul play is not suspected.

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