WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Four boats were destroyed and a fifth was badly damaged during an early morning fire.
DC Police and Fire officials say the fire occurred around 2:45 a.m., Monday, at the Washington Yacht Club in the 1500 block of M Street, SE.
Sixty firefighters, required to wear life jackets on top of their heavy equipment, battled the fire. The 40 foot boats were engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.
Jeffrey Taylor was sleeping on his boat when the fire broke out. "I saw a cloud billowing that wasn't really a cloud...flames coming up from the boats down the other end," said Taylor.
Taylor was able to help save some of the boats before firefighters arrived.
"Tried to cut loose some of the boats, got the water hose and started to keep some of them a little wet," shared Taylor.