The Quincy Yacht Club sustained substantial damage from a 2-alarm blaze Friday.
Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Edward Fenby says that around 10:46 a.m. Firday they got a call from the commuter ferry that runs between Boston and the Quincy shipyard, reporting that they could see fire at the club at 1310 Sea Street.
Crews were there within minutes– but the fire had a head start.
“Because of the way we got the fire reported to us, I’m assuming that it burnt for quite a while before it was discovered. There’s some heavy timber underneath the yacht club that used to hold it up, and there was substantial charring and complete burn-through on some of those timbers,” said Deputy Chief Fenby.
“I’d estimate the fire was burning for three or four hours before it was discovered.”
Fenby says that the fire appears to have begun when an electrical malfunction lit the insulation on a drainpipe underneath the floorboards of the club on fire, in turn igniting the wood on the pier.
While they had the fire under control rather quickly, crews had to stay on scene for several hours doing overhaul. One firefighter got a large splinter in his cheek while working; he was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
Fenby says that a quick response by firefighters saved the building– he expects it can be put back together by the summer season. But the repairs won’t be cheap.
“We estimated the fire at around $200,000 damage. The majority of that is due to the fact that the fire started on those rather large supporting members underneath, and to replace those would be quite costly,” said Fenby.
Boston and Weymouth provided station coverage for Quincy.