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Placid Harbor Marina fire caused $600,000 damage

The April 20 fire in a storage facility at the Placid Harbor Marina in North Tonawanda caused $300,000 damage to the structure and an estimate $300,000 damage to boats stored in it, North Tonawanda Fire Chief John C. Lapham reported Friday.

The fire chief said the cause remains listed as “undetermined” after what he called “a systematic examination” of the fire scene. The fire originated in the rear center of the building. He said the investigation is continuing.

The fire, reported about 2:35 a.m. ended up involving more than 100 firefighters from North Tonawanda, the City of Tonawanda and the St. Johnsburg Fire Company of the Town of Wheatfield. The fire left the 2½-story steel and concrete storage facility on the western end of Tonawanda Island charred and twisted. One firefighter was treated and released at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Lapham said that at its most intense, the fire had the look of a fireball in the sky.