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IDEM: Patoka Lake Fire Had Minimal Environmental Impact

A screenshot of video of a boat fire at Hoosier Hills Marina on Patoka Lake, Feb. 19, 2021.

A screenshot of video of a boat fire at Hoosier Hills Marina on Patoka Lake, Feb. 19, 2021. (Facebook/Indiana DNR Law Enforcement)

A Patoka Lake fire that sunk six boats at Hoosier Hills Marina caused minimal environmental damage, according to the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management.

A Monday news release from IDEM said that most of the fuel in the 12 total affected boats was consumed by the fire on Feb. 19.

READ MORE: DNR: No Injuries In Friday Morning Marina Fire At Patoka Lake

Raw water samples taken Feb. 19 and 20 showed the presence of some benzene, a natural part of gasoline that has been shown to cause cancer. However, the amount found was below the Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL).

Patoka Lake Regional Water staff took additional water samples on Feb. 22, the results of which are pending.

The Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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