VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Firefighters say it was amazing flames didn’t spread to surrounding vessels after a boat caught fire this morning in Yaletown.
Crews were called out to the Quayside marina around 11:30 a.m. Thick black smoke could be seen from the surrounding area, and many took to social media to share photos and videos as crews battled the blaze.
“When (firefighters) got on scene it was fairly obvious the boat was fully engulfed in flames before they arrived,” explains Assistant Fire Chief Joe Foster with the Vancouver Fire Department. “They deployed lots of hoses for a long stretch from their water source and were able to extinguish the fire and didn’t allow it to spread to other vessels in the marina.”
The Vancouver fire boat did assist, but Foster says crews generally rely on on-land water resources to fight fires.
“We don’t actually have a whole lot of portable pumps… we actually use the fire trucks and the water sources from land in Vancouver more-so than portable pumps.”
The boat is completely destroyed, but Foster says no one was hurt.
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“The bottom line is that it’s always dangerous around the water. Vessels burn, but I think in this case with a fully-involved boat in a marina, it was tremendous that we didn’t have it extend to other vessels down in that marina. There’s a lot of expensive toys in that area.”
He says the cause is not believed to be suspicious, and has been deemed accidental in nature.