Five tourist speed boats and three wooden boats in Hoi An in central Vietnam caught fire early Monday morning.
The fire began on one vessel at Cua Dai Port at around 3 a.m., and is thought to be caused by lightning.
The flame quickly spread to the other vessels, all used to transport people to Cham Island.
The vessels were carrying fuel, and the wind fanned the flames, causing columns of smoke dozens of meters high.
Thirty troops from the Cua Dai border guard station were rushed to the scene along with two speed boats.
The fire burned their mooring lines and the vessels began to drift toward Duy Hai Commune about a kilometer away.
Boat owners at the An Luong fishing port in Duy Hai were warned about the drifting vessels and told to move theirs out of danger.
The flames were finally put out at around 7 a.m.
There were no human casualties, but the loss of property is estimated at VND20 billion ($837,170).
An investigation has begun.
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