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British Columbia Fire at one marina, vandal at another cause headaches for boat owners

Coal Harbour Marina in downtown Vancouver in October 2011.

Laura Leyshon/The Globe and Mail

Several boat owners at two marinas on B.C.'s South Coast should be checking with their insurance companies after unrelated overnight incidents.

A fire at Park Isle Marine in Sooke, west of Victoria, has destroyed three boats and damaged a building in the boat yard.

All three vessels were on land, having work done at the boat yard when flames broke out just after 5 a.m. Friday, quickly spreading to a nearby shop building.

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No one was hurt and a cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Police say a 31-year-old man is in custody after several boats were vandalized late Thursday night at the Coal Harbour marina in downtown Vancouver.

Officers had to use a police dog and the emergency response team to arrest the man when he barricaded himself in the engine room of one boat after smashing it and several others with a large hook, causing significant damage.

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