A huge fire struck the J-dock of the Des Moines Marina Sunday night (June 23), injuring two people and burning at least a dozen boats.
The fire was reported around 10 p.m. Sunday night (June 23), and in addition to local firefighters from South King Fire & Rescue, state and federal authorities sent responders to the marina, including the state Department of Ecology and Coast Guard. Staff from the Des Moines Marina also responded.
The fire department and marina have an oil containment boom in place, and are removing damaged boats from the water. A small sheen of gasoline is visible in the water near one of the damaged boats. A boom is in place to contain the spill.
Officials report that a 28-year-old woman and her boyfriend, in his 30s, were in the bilge of their boat when the fire suddenly started. Both were burned on their upper bodies and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their conditions were not immediately available.
“My boat is a crispy critter,” John White, whose vessel was moored in J-17, told The Waterland Blog Monday morning. Luckily, White’s boat is insured, and he was not on it when the fire struck.
Here’s a video from KOMO:
Here’s one from KING: