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Charter Boat Fire Caused 1.5 Million Dollars in Damage says Seattle Fire Investigator


Photo By: Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo By: Fire Buff John Odegard

April 27— The cause of an early morning boat fire at Fisherman’s Terminal will remain undetermined according to Seattle Fire Investigators.   Due to extensive damage, fire investigators were unable to safely board the burned out charter boat to investigate the cause. The damage estimate to the 105-foot boat is 1.5 million dollars.

As of noon Friday, firefighters were continuing to put out spot fires on the boat. The first 911 call at 1 a.m. reported a well involved fire on a boat moored at  Fishermen’s Terminal. The first arriving engine company found flames shooting 30 feet from the vessel.  Firefighters determined all of the occupants were safely off the boat.

Firefighters used two hose lines and foam to battle the heavy flames from the concrete dock while Engine 1, the Seattle Fire Fast Attack Boat, battled the flames from the water.  The Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Boat worked to move three boats on the east side of the dock away from the flames.

Due to the amount of water accumulating in the bilge, the charter boat began to list. Firefighters used pumps to extract the water from the lower decks of the vessel and prevented it from sinking.

The Seattle Fire Department, with assistance from the 45-foot response boat from the Coast Guard Station Seattle, placed booms around the vessel to contain any fuel or oil that may have leaked into the fresh water.  The Washington State Department of Ecology spill responders are on scene to monitor the incident until the spill risk is abated.

Firefighters will continue a 24 hour fire watch on scene until all hot spots are extinguished.

There were no injuries in the fire.

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