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Boat-boathouse fire investigation closed

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

West Manatee Fire Rescue and a state fire marshal have closed the investigation into a June 11 fire at a Holmes Beach boathouse.

        The cause of the fire at 5601 Flotilla Drive that destroyed a 24-foot Grady-White boat remains undetermined, said Kurt Lathrop, WMFR fire marshal. Lathrop said the WMFR investigation ruled out “any suspicious issues.”

        The boat was taken to Bradenton Beach Marina the day after the fire and an investigation by the state fire marshal — brought in because of the potential for a high dollar amount of damage — was closed shortly thereafter.

        The insurance companies resolved the matter, Lathrop said.

        The damages were estimated at $200,000.

        Owners Liz and Bob Lang did not return recent calls for comment.

        According to earlier reports, the boat, boathouse and Liz Lang’s art studio were destroyed. No significant damage was reported to the home, which is about 30 feet from the boathouse at the rear of the property.

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