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Firefighters extinguish yacht fire

September 12, 2011

Authorities were called to a fire inside a 51-foot yacht docked outside a Newport Beach residence Monday afternoon.

Newport Beach firefighters responded at 1:48 p.m. to a Sunseeker motor yacht at an Evening Star Lane home's residential dock in Dover Shores, according to a Fire Department news release

Firefighters saw smoke coming from the yacht's main cabin and forced their way inside.

The cabin was filled with heavy smoke and flames, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the inside of the yacht, according to the release.

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The vessel, although empty at the time, suffered an estimated $100,000 in damage.

The cause is under investigation, but is initially suspected to be accidental.

— Britney Barnes

Twitter: @britneyjbarnes

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