THE foreshore area around d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay remains closed to the public after a ‘suspicious’ fire on Wednesday morning.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Port Stephens Council with a clean-up order for the marina and surrounding areas of the bay.
As a result the beach at Foreshore Reserve is closed between D’Albora Marina and the cruise terminal until further notice.
An investigation has been launched into the marina blaze which sunk two commercial business boats and damaged several others.
Emergency services were called to D’albora Marina on Teramby Road, at 2.40am.
The blaze was extinguished by crews from Fire & Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service.
The police are treating the fire as suspicious.
A spokeswoman for d'Albora Marinas released this statement after the fire:
“An incident occurred at d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay in the early hours of this morning involving fire damage to several commercial vessels moored on the commercial arm (Arm C) of the marina.
“We are pleased to confirm that there are no reported injuries to any staff, customers or members of the public as a result of the fire.
“Local authorities have been on site and are conducting investigations into the incident.
“Arm C of the marina has limited access however the remainder of the marina is operating as usual. All other authorities associated with the marina and waterways have been notified of the incident.
“Any immediate enquiries should be directed to the police.”
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.