Investigators will return to Holly Bay Marina on Laurel River Lake Saturday after three houseboats burned to their hulls early Friday, a Kentucky State Police spokesman said.
An arson investigator was sent to the site Friday morning to help determine the cause of the fires at the request of the U.S. Forest Service. Two of the three boats sank and will have to be recovered, trooper Don Trosper said.
Randy Lawson, manager at Holly Bay, said a night watchman spotted the fire about 6:30 a.m.
Marina workers pulled the burning boats out of the slips so they would not set fire to other boats, Lawson said.
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Bald Rock Fire Chief Doug Creech told The Times-Tribune that four other boats received very moderate cosmetic damage, and apparently no one was on either of the boats at the time the fire broke out.
The three houseboats, each between 60 and 80 feet long, were reduced to the frames.
Trosper didn't know the depth of the water where the boats sank, and didn't know how the vessels will be returned to the surface.
Firefighters were concerned some fuel from the boats could have leaked into the lake.