Boat catches fire at Blaine Harbor, no injuries


A boat at the Blaine Harbor Boating Center caught fire Sunday morning.

On May 16 around 11:34 a.m., Blaine Police Department officers responded to a report of a boat on fire at Blaine Harbor, 235 Marine Drive, spokesperson Tami Bhachu told The Northern Light in an email. The officers arrived on the scene before North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR).

They found a boat, Sea-La-Vie, smoking and a Port of Bellingham employee attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose. The officers began moving nearby bystanders away from the boat, Bhachu said.

Near where the employee placed the garden hose was a burnt electrical chord, which appeared to be the start of the fire. NWFR fire chief Jason Van der Veen said it was believed to be an electrical fire but the investigation is still ongoing.

NWFR 61 and 63 arrived on the scene to put out the fire and found no one on board after searching the boat, Bhachu said.

This article has been updated to correct that the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.  We regret the error.


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