April 26—Seattle Firefighters quick actions prevented a fire on a sailboat from spreading to other vessels. The initial 911 call came in at 1:07 a.m. with reports of flames visible from the back of a sailboat located in the 2400 block of Westlake Avenue North.
Engine Company 9 arrived to find a 35 foot sailboat with flames with exposures to other boats and houseboats. Within 5 minutes of arriving, firefighters had water on the fire and knocked the flames down in just two minutes. Due to their quick actions, the fire was contained to an area of the electrical panel along with damage to a tarp and a gangway.
A Seattle Fire Department Investigator determined the cause was electrical. The investigator found a malfunction occurred in the electrical cord supplying shore power to the vessel. The estimated dollar loss is $20,000.
The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries.