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22 boats damaged or destroyed in fire at southern Indiana marina

CELESTINE, Ind. (WISH) — Nearly two dozen boats were damaged or destroyed after a fire Friday morning at a marina in southern Indiana.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers were called around 8:45 a.m. Friday on reports of a fire at the Hoosier Hills Marina on Patoka Lake. That’s on the west side of the lake west of the Patoka Lake Nature Center in Dubois County.

A 14-second video posted to the department’s Facebook page shows at least 10 boats on fire. A total of 22 boats were damaged or destroyed by the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigate by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. A spokesperson for for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said Friday the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

According to Natural Resources, some of the marina staff limited the damage to additional boats by moving two boats and creating a fire break.

The marina was closed Friday, and staff was working to notify affected boat owners.