A fire extinguished yesterday aboard the megayacht Ordisi in Spain reignited today, burning most of her down to her hull. No one was killed, though several people suffered smoke inhalation.
According to the Spanish newspaper Diario Informacion, the 103-footer (31.46-meter) has been in a shipyard in Alicante for refit work. Alicante is the home of Astondoa, which built Ordisi in 2002. However, the yacht was not on its premises. Instead, she was at another yard’s dry dock when the fire occurred. In addition, subcontractors were performing the work.
Fire officials and the newspaper state that these subcontractors were welding in the engine room when the fire started. It apparently spread quickly, preventing the workers from putting it out. Smoke also overcame several of them. Fire officials received a call around 10:30 a.m. local time yesterday, sending 21 firefighters to the scene. All craftspeople departed the yacht prior to the firefighters’ arrival. However, emergency medical personnel who arrived via several ambulances treated them for smoke inhalation. Nine were taken to local hospitals, too, later being released.
Video from Diario Informacion shows several of a reported 10 total fire hoses used to put out the flames. (On side note, the video also, as seen in the screenshot above, reveals a cat sitting on the bow of Ordisi while they battled the flames. A firefighter climbed a ladder and rescued the cat.) The newspaper adds that firefighters further used sea water and foam to extinguish the fire in the late afternoon.
Unfortunately, flames broke out again today aboard Ordisi. While fire officials apparently are not sure why, the newspaper references anonymous local officials, who state that firefighters couldn’t access the megayacht’s interior yesterday due to the flames. They claim the yacht’s fiberglass construction served as fuel and therefore a safety issue in getting aboard.
Photos from Diario Informacion reveal remains of Ordisi’s mast and a badly damaged hull.