TACOMA, Wash. — A fire at the Tyee Marina in Tacoma Sunday morning destroyed at least six boats. The U.S. Coast Guard says three vessels sank, two were damaged in the fire, and one was hit by a falling mast.
A viewer shared the below video of the flames which broke out about 8:30 a.m.
Tacoma fire has taken steps to contain any potential spills. The Coast Guard says a maximum of 100 gallons of fuel could have leaked into Commencement Bay.
“We’re pleased with the Tacoma Fire Department’s quick response,” said Shawn Zaniewski, Department of Ecology’s lead spill responder. “The department had grant-purchased spill response equipment available to immediately contain the spill and reduce environmental damage.”
Divers from the Tacoma Police Department also responded by supplying divers to confirm safety of life.
The owners of the vessels and their insurance companies will be responsible for salvaging the boats.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.