Hilton Head Island fire officials haven't determined what started a Wednesday night blaze that destroyed a 30-foot house boat docked at Palmetto Bay Marina, according to Hilton Head Island Fire Marshal Joheida Fister.
Only a portion of the house boat's hull remained after the 10:45 p.m. fire at 86 Helmsman Way, Fister said. The vessel, worth about $10,000, was the primary residence for a Hilton Head man, she said.
"There's not much of the boat left for us to look at as to what started it," she said.
No injuries were reported, she said. Although there were several boats docked nearby, none were threatened by the fire, Fister said.
The American Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter is providing the man with lodging, money and a comfort kit filled with personal emergency supplies, such as toiletries. Red Cross volunteers also will replace food, clothing, prescription glasses and medication lost in the blaze, according to a Red Cross news release. The Red Cross does not release fire victims' names.Fister said fire officials are trying to reach the man to determine what events may have led to the fire. They also hope to speak to the marina's harbormaster, who lives on a boat near the house boat. He left Thursday on a trip to Jamaica. Officials hoped to reach him by telephone, Fister said.
Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division crews had the fire out by 11 p.m.