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Suspicious fire engulfs boats at marina

Fire investigators are looking into reports of recent break-ins at a Boston-area marina where five boats and a personal watercraft went up in flames early Sunday morning.

"Boat fires are notoriously tough, you know, we save it at the waterline and that's pretty much where we get it,” Lynn (Mass.) Fire Department Chief Arthur Richard told a Boston NBC affiliate.

Richard told a Boston CBS station that hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of boats were destroyed and there wasn’t much firefighters could do.

“I imagined it was a Viking funeral pyre,” Richard said. “It could have gotten stuck under a bridge, light a bridge on fire, could strike another boat.”

Three of the four boats firefighters found burning at the dock eventually sank from a combination of the damage caused by the flames and the weight of the water from the hose.

A couple of others floated up the Saugus River while they were still engulfed.

Each boat, about 30 feet of dock and a personal watercraft were destroyed, Richard told The Daily Item. He said all of the boats were recreational boats of about 20 to 30 feet.