Extra Alarm Fire at Bay Marine of Chicago Near Waukegan Harbor at Madison St and Pershing Rd

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A fire at a boat storage facility in north suburban Waukegan on Wednesday night caused millions of dollars in damages to the yachts inside (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Waukegan responded about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2021 to an activated fire alarm at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street near Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan.

Upon arrival firefighters discovered fire showing inside the large boat storage facility at Bay Marine. The main firefighting operations continued through the night until about 2:30 a.m., and work continued with overhaul on Thursday during the day also.

Thick black smoke pours out an overhead door opening at Bay Marine on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Thick black smoke pours out an overhead door opening at Bay Marine on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
A smoke obscured orange glow visible though a window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
A smoke obscured orange glow visible though a window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).

A MABAS Division 4 Box Alarm #16-1 was activated about 8:27 p.m. Wednesday.

The Box Alarm was elevated to a Second Alarm about 8:43 PM.

The Box Alarm was activated to a Third Alarm about 8:58 p.m., and a Fourth Alarm about 9:45 p.m.




The MABAS Box Alarm to the fourth level assigned a cumulative total of about 100 firefighters to the scene from Lake, McHenry and Kenosha county firehouses.

There were approximately 60 to 70 large boats parked tight in the Marina warehouse, making the interior of the structure difficult to navigate.

Extreme cold also hampered firefighting operations. Initially, no injuries were reported.

Firefighters using a master stream from a tower ladder aim into the building from an upper window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street in Waukegan (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Firefighters using a master stream from a tower ladder aim into the building from an upper window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street in Waukegan (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).

The fire was declared under control about 2:30 a.m., but firefighters continued to working into daylight hours on Thursday. Damage is likely to be discovered to be in the millions of dollars.

Scene at Bay Marine in daylight after an overnight extra-alarm fire near Waukegan Harbor (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Scene at Bay Marine in daylight after an overnight extra-alarm fire near Waukegan Harbor (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).

Bay Marine is a yacht dealer/broker that serves boaters in Door County, Chicagoland and southwest Florida. The facility in Waukegan also serves as a boat service and marine service station.

Friends of Bay Marine,
Sadly, there was a fire at our Waukegan, Illinois location last evening. The fire department and police remain on site and and continue to oversee the situation. Everthing is under control. Nobody was hurt. We will do our best to keep customers informed as we have more information. Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

UPDATE FOR OUR WAUKEGAN ILLINOIS LOCATION:
The fire is out, the doors are closed, and the building is secured. Temperature is currently 40 degrees. First Onsite Restoration, a professional cleaning and restoration company, is on sight. Heat will be increased in the building throughout the day. The investigation as to the cause of the fire is ongoing so we ask that you do not come to the facility to see your boat until further notice. Likely it will be up to a week before visitors are allowed pending safety protocols.

— Bay Marine/Facebook

Firefighters using a master stream from a tower ladder aim into the building from an upper window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street in Waukegan (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Firefighters, using a master stream from an elevated main ladder, aim into the building at an upper window at Bay Marine, 3 East Madison Street in Waukegan (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
A multiversal nozzle (on the floor in the background) puts water on the fire inside Bay Marine (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
A multiversal nozzle (on the floor in the background) puts water on the fire inside Bay Marine (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).




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