Fire at Ashland marina claims building & 20 boats

ASHLAND — The N.H. State Fire Marshal and the fire department continue to investigate the cause of a multi-alarm blaze that destroyed nearly 20 boats Sunday night.
Chief Stephen Heath said the fire, reported at 10:29 p.m., at the Riveredge Marina melted boats and destroyed the boat house. He said there were four total boat storage houses and one office on the site but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one boat house.
He said all of the boats and the building were destroyed.
Heath said there were a number explosions that could have been caused by fuel, fire extinguishers, batteries or anything that was pressurized.
Heath said that some brush caught fire on the opposite side of the Squam River that is near "Little" Squam Lake on Route 25 (River Street) but was quickly extinguished by firefighters.
He said the N.H. Fire Marshal's office sent a team of investigators to Ashland yesterday and he said he expects one investigator to return today.
The marina was not open Sunday although Heath said workers were there Saturday getting ready for the upcoming boating season.
He said about 40 firefighers were on hand for the two-alarm blaze and the departments had plenty of water and manpower to fight the fire and stop it from spreading to the other building.
He said no one was injured.