July 24—A boat fire at a Marine along Westlake Avenue North was determined to be an accidental fire caused by an electrical/mechanical failure in the engine compartment.
At 7:13 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center for reporting smoke pouring from a boat under a covered moorage located in the 2400 block of Westlake Avenue North. The fire arriving engine company found heavy black smoke pouring out of the back engine compartment. Firefighters hooked up their hose to the standpipe located on the dock and also ran a hose lines several hundred feet down the dock. The Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit poured water from Lake Union side while firefighters fought the fire from the land side.
Within 15 minutes the fire was under control. Crews were able to contain the fire to the engine compartment preventing it from spreading into the cabin. The flames did extend into the empty space between the walls of the boat and the hull. It took 45 minutes to completely extinguish the all the flames. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from extending to the boat to the south of the burning vessel.
No one was injured.
90 firefighters responded to the marina fire.
The damage estimate is $275,000.