Fire destroys boats at West Alton yacht club


WEST ALTON, Mo. – Six boats sank to the bottom of the Mississippi River after a Wednesday night dock fire at a yacht club in West Alton.

The fire started just before 10 p.m. at the Harbor Point Yacht Club, and the flames spread quickly. Some smaller boats had heat damage. No one was injured.

“With no injuries, no loss of life, that’s the best that we hope for every single time we go on any fire or any incident like that,” said Rivers Pointe Fire Chief Rick Pender.

Several fire departments answered the alarm. Fire crews rotated in and out from warming shelters brought in for them.

“We had the extreme temperatures. Then, we had the wind and, of course, spraying water and dealing with ice,” said Pender.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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