PATOKA – The investigation conducted by Indiana Conservation Officers and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded that the fire on February 19, at Hoosier Hills Marina at Patoka Lake, was accidental in nature and most likely was caused by an electrical malfunction.
The fire destroyed twenty-two boats and did an estimated $2.5 million worth of damage.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., someone noticed smoke billowing smoke from a boat in the “A” dock.
The Department of Natural Resources videoed the fire and it can be viewed at this link. https://fb.watch/3LDtxDSN68/
No injuries were reported.
During the initial investigation, it was determined that after the fire started efforts were made by Hoosier Hill Marina staff to put out the fire. Two boats were moved from the docks, creating a fire break.
The marina was closed while fire crews continue to monitor for potential hot spots and as the marina staff worked to contact the affected boat owners.
Responding agencies included the Celestine Fire Department, Schnellville Fire Department, Dubois Fire Department, Memorial EMS, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County Dispatch Center, Indiana State Police, Army Core of Engineers, IDEM, and the State Fire Marshals Office.