Two weeks ago Tuesday the Westport Marina in Denver was rocked by an explosion. For owner Larry Hobbs, it’s been two weeks of waiting for an announcement on why the blast happened.
“This has been a horrible experience for all of us,” he said. “We don't want anything like this to ever happen again, not only here or at any marina on the lake.”
Wednesday morning, as crews worked to rebuild the destroyed docks, Hobbs and those close to 19-year-old Nate Coppick, who was killed in the explosion, waited for an announcement from fire investigators. But what they announced is they need more time, three to four weeks, to figure out exactly what happened.
Lincoln County Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Summers said there was a buildup of gas vapors as Nate Coppick refueled a pleasure boat.
“We haven't determined exactly what that source was that caused the ignition,” he said.
Investigators said they want to talk to anyone who fueled up at Westport Marine within the two weeks before the fire.
“Every time we talk to somebody we gain just a little bit more information,” Summers said.
Hobbs has worked closely with investigators. He said he has seen no evidence that his equipment or docks caused the explosion and fire.
He said waiting for answers is secondary; what he and others want is the truth for Coppick.
The flag at the dock continues to fly at half-staff. Hobbs said he wants a memorial to Coppick placed there.
“We want to do everything we can to remember Nate and everything we can to help us heal,” he said.
Anyone who stopped at the marina in the two weeks before the blast is asked to call the Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office at (704) 736-8515.