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Superyacht in ruins after boatyard fire

Published: 3:11AM Sunday August 12, 2012 Source: ONE News

A multi-million dollar superyacht has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in an Auckland boat-yard overnight.

At its peak, up to 90 firefighters battled the blaze, which occurred around 1.30am at the McMullen and Wing yacht and boatbuilding business in Mt Wellington.

The luxury 50 metre, 24-berth vessel, Star Fish, was three-quarters complete and due to be delivered to its overseas owners next year.

Fire crews donned breathing apparatuses in order to tackle the blaze, as the superyacht gave off dangerous chemicals while fire tore through its five-storeys.

Firefighters attempted to extinguish the blaze by opening port-holes on the side of the vessel and and hosing the water inside.

Fire Service area commander for Counties Manukau, Larry Cocker, told ONE News the vessel was fully engulfed with fire on on arrival.

He said one firefighter received slight injuries to a hand and was taken to hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported.

But after 13 hours the luxury vessel - which included an infinity pool, bar and gym on board -  is completely destroyed.

Speaking anonymously, the managing director of the long-established boat-yard, said those who had spent countless hours working on building Star Fish were devastated by the extent of the damage.

Some were in tears when they heard it had been gutted by the fire, he said.

The yacht's owner has been informed of the blaze.