Quick Action Contains Boat Fire at West Bay Marina

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Submitted by City of Olympia

olympia boat fireOlympia Firefighters responded to a boat fire at West Bay Marina, 2100 West Bay Drive NW. The call came in at 2:40 pm, with first units seeing a plume of smoke well before arrival. The first fire unit arrived at 2:45 and reported a working fire on the dock with possibly multiple boats involved.

The first arriving engine extended lines to the fire and began extinguishing the fire. Due the potential for spread, a second alarm was called to bring more equipment and personnel to the scene. It was quickly determined that only one boat was on fire. The fire was knocked down while boats from the Olympia Harbor Patrol, Port of Olympia and the marina moved adjoining boats to safety. The fire was contained to the boat of origin which burned down to the deck line, several feet above the waterline. The vessel did not sink but did sustain heavy damage.

One person on a nearby boat was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non-specific complaints following being in the area of the fire. He is expected to be fine.

Olympia Fire Department responded with 4 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 medic units, and a command unit. The call for a second alarm brought units from Fire Districts 3, 6, 9, 13 and City of Tumwater. There were no injuries to firefighters.

The State of Washington Department of Natural Resources and Department of Ecology also responded to assure that the environment was being protected during the firefight. The boat did not sink, little or no fuel was released and the marina staff quickly used booms to prevent anything from the boat floating away.

Olympia Fire Department remained on scene to assist the marina personnel and investigate the fire. The restaurant at West Bay Marina, Tug Boat Annie’s, remained open throughout the event.

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