Small boat fire at Semiahmoo Marina results in minor injury

Published on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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A sparking battery ignited some gasoline on a boat in Semiahmoo Marina Monday morning, resulting in a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) crews responded to a call about a boat fire at Semiahmoo Marina at about 11:53 a.m. on Monday, July 2, NWFR fire chief Ron Anderson said. Crews arrived to find a small amount of smoke emanating from the engine compartment of a sailboat moored at the marina.

Crews were able to quickly put out the fire with chemical fire extinguishers, Anderson said. The fire reportedly started when a sparking battery ignited a small amount of gasoline that had leaked out of the engine.

Fire crews from both the Blaine and Birch Bay fire stations responded. The son of the owner of the boat sustained minor burns on his hand after attempting to fix the gas leak, and he was treated on scene, Anderson said.

The vessel itself, reported to be 53 years old, sustained minor damage. Crews stayed on scene some time after the fire was put out to make sure no gasoline vapor remained on the boat.

 

 
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