Patoka Fire That Caused $2.5 Million in Damage Was Accidental

Patoka Fire That Caused $2.5 Million in Damage Was Accidental


The investigation conducted by Indiana Conservation Officers and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded that the fire at Hoosier Hills Marina was accidental in nature and most likely was caused by an electrical malfunction. 

The fire did an estimated $2.5 million worth of damage.  

Release as of February 19, 2021

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fire that damaged or destroyed twenty-two boats at Hoosier Hills Marina located at Patoka Lake.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., smoke from a boat in the “A” dock was observed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshalls Office. No injuries were reported.

During the initial investigation, it was determined that after the fire started efforts were made by Hoosier Hill Marina staff to put out the fire. 

Two boats were moved from the docks, creating a fire break.

The marina is closed at this time while fire crews continue to monitor for potential hot spots.  Staff from the marina are working to contact the affected boat owners.

Responding agencies included the Celestine Fire Department, Schnellville Fire Department, Dubois Fire Department, Memorial EMS, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County Dispatch Center, Indiana State Police, Army Core of Engineers, IDEM and the State Fire Marshals Office.