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Marina Fire Hits 15 Boats in Washington

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A BOAT FIRE IN A La Conner, Washington, marina Friday afternoon raced through a 28-slip dock destroying 7 yachts and damaging at least 8 others.

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The Skagit Valley Herald is reporting:

Firefighters responded to the scene shortly after 4:30 p.m. (Pacific).   At their worst, flames shot 40 to 50 feet in the air, sending an enormous plume of black smoke into the sky.

Firefighters from several departments were on the scene battling the blaze from the shore, including a ladder truck hosing the flames from above and crews shooting water from the ramp down to the dock. Anacortes Fire Department sent its fireboat to assist.

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Skagit Valley Herald

By roughly 6:20 p.m., crews had the blaze under control. Shortly after, units from the U.S. Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology arrived to take over command.

Fire District 13 Chief Roy Horn said it was unclear late Friday what caused the fire.

There was the possibility  of several thousands of gallons of diesel fuel leaking into the bay because the boats’ tanks are typically kept filled during the winter months.

KOMO-TV filed this video report:

A regional water tender task force was activated to assist because there are no hydrants near the Shelter Bay Marina.  A foam unit was also brought in to cover the burning diesel fuel.

Many of the boats’ owners live nearby and some were able to respond and get in other craft to maneuver and untie threatened craft and float them away from danger.  The marina berths about 300 boats total.

The Skagit Valley Herald has the STORY and photo gallery HERE.

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