This morning around 2 a.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting multiple boats on fire in a marina.
According to Seattle Fire Department, the first units on scene confirmed that approx. 30 boats on a dry rack storage facility were fully involved in the fire and extending to an adjacent warehouse. Firefighters worked quickly to get water on the fire and searched the warehouse to confirm no one was inside.
At 2:18 a.m., the Deputy Chief took control of the incident and upgraded it to a 2-alarm response requesting additional resources to fight the fire, including Fireboat Chief Seattle and Seattle Police’s Harbor Patrol. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology also responded to the scene to provide assistance in monitoring and preventing hazardous chemicals in the boats on fire from spreading into Portage Bay and Lake Union. Crews had the fire under control by 3:30 a.m.
An approx. 40-year-old male was found in a boat docked nearby the fire and was escorted by Seattle Police out to safety. Seattle Police are conducting a follow up investigation.
#UPDATE #USCG crews conducted aerial assessment of Portage Bay. No sheening has been observed. Small amounts of environmentally friendly firefighting foam used by @SeattleFire remains in the water and will disperse naturally. Pollution teams continue to monitor the situation. pic.twitter.com/rOsQCWaJk2
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) March 22, 2023
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