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Two dogs die in Marathon boat fire

Two great Danes died in a houseboat fire Sunday in Marathon.

Neighbors of the liveaboard boaters at Boatman's Sombrero Resort and Marina on Sombrero Boulevard, whom fire investigators did not identify, saw the fire around 6 p.m. and attempted to put it out with extinguishers and hoses.

Marathon Fire Chief John Johnson said 10 city firefighters responded after the call came in. The flames were contained to the boat's salon and extinguished within 10 minutes. No other boats were damaged but the fire caused considerable smoke damage to the boat.

The owners of the houseboat were not aboard but the dogs were. Firefighters attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them but they couldn't be revived.

Johnson said the boat owners said they'd been making repairs on the vessel all day and had left around 5 p.m. They told authorities they're unaware what could have caused the fire.

State Fire Marshal's Office Detective Wally Romero, who’s investigating the cause, said the firefighters had "a good stop" on the blaze.

He investigated another fire that happened around 6:45 a.m. Monday at the 3D Boatyard, 6801 Shrimp Road on Stock Island. It was contained to a small office and kitchen area and Monroe County firefighters "did a good stop," Romero said.

He said the Stock Island fire is "slightly suspicious in nature.

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