86 boats destroyed in fire at boat storage facility near Lake Lanier


An early morning fire at a boat storage facility near Lake Lanier took out 86 boats and four other vehicles. According to Gwinnett County fire officials, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Officials note that there are three separate buildings (boat slips) on the property, but only the boat slip connected to the office is damaged.  No other boat slips or boats were involved.

Firefighters responded at 5:22 a.m. to a report of a fire in the boat storage area at Buford Dam Road Boat Storage in Buford. The caller to 911 was an employee who provides security overnight. He reported flames showing from several boat slips.

Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke showing from about half of the large boat storage facility. Firefighters requested additional units to respond and mounted a defensive attack to control the blaze and protect exposures. The Fire Department’s Hazmat Unit also responded to the blaze to monitor runoff of water due to fuels burning and foam application. The fire extended to the retail and office area and caused a collapse of the roof.

Fire Investigators are on the scene and are speaking with the business owner and the employee who reported the fire. Fire dept. officials say there is a total loss to approximately 86-boats and 4-vehicles. An adjoining motorcycle shop is also damaged.

The exact cause of the fire is currently undetermined and is under investigation. There are no injuries reported.