One boat has been completely destroyed and another has sustained minor damage following a fire aboard a motorboat docked a the Quayside Marina in Yaletown.
Although a cause has not been determined, investigators are now on scene and will take readings that may indicate how the fire started. Some reports on social media, as well as accounts by neighbours describe what may have been a lightning strike in the same location.
Heavy smoke lingered in the area as fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze. Battalion Chief Steve Duncan says fighting fire on the water can be especially difficult as boats are harder to access, quite flammable and by using water against the fire, you risk creating new problems.
“If you put enough water in there it’ll go below the line and then now we’ve got a sunken boat and we don’t want to get in that situation,”
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A fire suppressing foam was used as a more lightweight option to help avoid sinking the boat.
The owner of the boat is out of the city but according to Vancouver Fire and Rescue services his son has been contacted. No injuries have been reported.