Fire destroys couple’s new boat, old boat

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Orthopedic surgeon Hugo Keim and his wife, Alicia, were looking forward to cruising Tampa Bay last Saturday in their new 44-foot yacht.

But Friday morning, Keim got a call that put a major kink in their weekend plans.

Brett McGill, a regional president of MarineMax, called Keim about 7:30 a.m. to say the couple's brand new Meridian 441 Sedan Bridge yacht, and the 39-foot yacht they traded in, were destroyed in a fiery explosion.

"We're pretty miserable," said Keim, 77, who lives in Odessa. "We were supposed to pick up the boat Saturday."

Fire officials estimated damages at $1 million. They said the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious, and the cause may have been electrical or mechanical.

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