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Official: Cause of Monroe Co. boat storage facility fire might never be known

Associated Press

Lasalle Township  — The cause of a fire that destroyed a marina building with hundreds of boats might never be known because of the extensive damage, an official said.

The building's roof and sides collapsed Friday at Toledo Beach Marina in Monroe County. An estimated 200 boats were stored inside near Lake Erie. The 420-slip marina is in LaSalle Township, a few miles south of Monroe and just north of the Ohio border.

State police will investigate. No injuries were reported. At least 14 area fire departments responded.

Firefighters battle a large blaze at Toledo Beach Marina in LaSalle, Friday, December 4, 2020.

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“I don't think they're ever going to find a cause, just because of the amount of damage that was done,” said Randy Howe, the fire chief in LaSalle Township.

“Things had to be torn apart to actually take care of the fire. There’s no probable cause at this time, and I’d be surprised if they even found one,” Howe told the Monroe News.

Some debris from the fire can be seen piled at right at the Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle Township on Dec. 6, 2020.

A 911 call came in about 6:35 a.m. No serious injuries have been reported.

Safe Harbor Marinas, owner of the boat facility, said in a statement last week that no one was injured.

Safe Harbor was acquired by Sun Communities of Southfield in September for $2.1 billion, but operates independently. It manages a network of 40,000 boat owners in 22 states.

The Detroit News contributed.