Seattle Fire Investigators determined that a boat fire in a Lake Union marina last night was caused by cooking oil that ignited and spread throughout the interior of the 40-foot boat. The boat owner says she was cooking with hot oil when the wake from a speeding boat caused the oil to spill and ignite. Medics evaluated the woman but she was not injured.
The call was dispatched just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 2400 block of North Northlake Way. Seattle Police Harbor Patrol assisted firefighters by moving the boat from the marina out into the lake to prevent fire from spreading to nearby boats. Seattle Fireboat Engine One and firefighters on shore were part of the firefighting effort.
Damage to the boat is estimated at $250,000. Red Cross was called to assist the boat owner who had been living on board the boat.