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Brushfire spreads to boat building facility in Fort Pierce

1 boat destroyed
Fire at Twin Vee boat building facility in Fort Pierce on May 19, 2021
Posted at 4:39 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 21:51:58-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Investigators are looking into what started a fire that created a potentially dangerous situation for firefighters in St. Lucie County on Wednesday.

Just after 12:30 p.m., crews were called to a brushfire that spread to the Twin Vee boat building facility located at US 1 and Edwards Road.

When they arrived, they discovered the fire was inside two outbuildings, which were both filled with chemicals.

"There's resin in the building, and it was burning and with high winds we had today, you have the smoke and fumes going across the building. We had the railroad shut down for a while to prevent trains from coming through here," said St. Lucie County Fire District Division Chief William French.

The building was evacuated, and the fire was brought under control just before 1:45 p.m.

No injuries were reported, but one boat was destroyed.