Firefighters responded to a reported boat fire at 1818 Westlake Avenue North at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. When the first unit arrived on the scene they saw a 30 to 40 foot motor yacht on fire with many other vessels close by and in danger of catching fire. Land crews made access to the fire via the dock and worked to keep the fire from spreading. They protected other vessels in the marina, including cutting boats loose from their slips to move them away from the fire. Firefighters got the fire under control within about 30 minutes. Nearly 100 Seattle Firefighters responded and Seattle Police Harbor Patrol assisted with the effort.
The fire damaged three boats and part of the dock. Firefighters were faced with slippery conditions on land and on the dock as cold temperatures made water from fire hoses freeze as soon as it hit the ground. A firefighter fell in the water and a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Officer jumped in to help get him out. Another firefighter fell in the water later. All three got out quickly and were not injured. There were no people aboard the boats and no injuries.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental – caused by an electrical failure. Damage was estimated at $2 million.