Benetti has released a formal statement following a fire on board the 56m in-build motoryacht FB261 at its Livorno facility around 7am on Tuesday 20 August. Work on FB261, which was moored outside the shed, had been in the final outfitting stages, with completion due this month following her July launch. Her naval architecture is by Benetti, with interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell and she is listed for sale at €34,000,000.

Offical Statement:

Benetti shipyard informs that this morning around 7am in the Morosini dock area located inside the boatyard in Livorno Via Edda Fagni - FB261, a Benetti 56m yacht in the late stages of construction - caught fire, most probably caused by a massive storm full of lightning and electricity in the atmosphere that affected Livorno overnight . This exceptional weather condition most probably provoked an unexpected strong electricity discharge/spike on board.

The Benetti internal security/fire teams immediately showed up and, after having assessed the situation, activated the Fire Department of the city of Livorno.

The fire was completely extinguished around 5pm and, most importantly, there are no injuries reported.

Video of the fire

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