Tugboat fire on Elliott Bay injures man

by Tim Flanagan on February 28, 2009

[Update: it turns out there were non-life threatening injuries.]

[Photo by Steve Sullivan from Seattle 911 Blog]

LakeUnionBoatExplosion [Photo Courteney Blethen / The Seattle Times]

Here’s the Seattle Times coverage by Benjamin J. Romano:

An explosion and fire aboard a pleasure boat tied to a fuel dock on the west shore of Lake Union late Saturday morning sent one person to the hospital and damaged another boat in an adjacent marina.

Quick work by people at Morrison’s North Star Marine Fuel Dock, clinic 2732 Westlake Ave. N., rx may have averted a much larger fire.

“I heard an explosion and I saw the guys at the fuel dock chopping the line, and pushed the boat out away from the fuel dock,” said Craig Edwards, who was working on his boat at nearby Diamond Marina.

Seattle Times coverage of another local fire. This one took place Friday.

A man suffered minor injuries in a two-alarm fire on a 120-foot tugboat in Elliott Bay, discount
tonight, a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman said.

The fire, at 1711 13th Ave. S.W. on Harbor Island, was reported shortly after 7 p.m. [on Friday, February 27.]

Fire Department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen said the fireboat Leschi was dispatched to fight the blaze, which was extinguished within an hour.

She said the tug, the Corbin Foss, was initially out in the water attached to a barge, and was towed into dock to allow firefighters better access from shore. Firefighters used water and chemical foam to extinguish the blaze, she said.

The injured man was not identified.

Good moment-by-moment coverage over at the West Seattle Blog. And follow-up coverage at the Times indicates that “Tug fire caused by electrical malfunction”.

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1 Tracy @ WSB February 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for the mention. For the record, we posted the followup re: electrical cause of the fire more than an hour and a half before the Times did – separate story:

It was actually on the Fire Department media line at 5:30 am this morning, as they followed up on another fire over on this side of the bay (duplex burned). Busy weekend so far.

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