VIDEO: Drone's perspective of raging yacht fire in Chula Vista

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A 112-foot yacht caught fire in the Chula Vista Marina Thursday morning, sending intense flames and thick smoke into the air.

The fire was reported before 9:20 a.m. at Marine Group Boat Works, a shipyard in the 900 block of G Street where large yachts are built and repaired. The blaze broke out on the Polar Bear, a pleasure yacht that had been at the shipyard undergoing repairs for several weeks. Heavy plumes of black smoke could be seen across the South Bay.

About 100 workers on site at the time were evacuated.

"The fire started up near the bow, one of the hoses blew out, so that caught on fire, and I saw fire coming out of one of the holes," marina worker Chris Gonzalez said.

Workers told 10News it may have been a welding accident, but that was not confirmed.

"It was 100 yards away before it was fully engulfed, and you could feel the heat coming off it," marina worker Bill Cavanaugh said.

One worker was treated for smoke inhalation, Chula Vista Deputy Fire Chief Jim Garcia said.

Due to the intensity of the flames, which began on a lower deck of the private vessel, crews had to fight them from shore, spraying retardant foam and water from ladder hoses. The fire did not spread to any other boats or structures.

The exact cause of the fire and a financial estimate of the damage are under investigation.

NOTE: Drone video submitted to 10News by Kurt Roll. Video was unsolicited.

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