Multiple boats damaged in fire at marina on Lake Washington
SEATTLE -- At least three boats were damaged in a fire at Seattle's Lakewood Moorage marina on Lake Washington Sunday night.
"The plume of smoke and fire going up into the sky -- you knew it was the marina right away," said witness Ari Hoffman. "'There was a two story boat that you could see was on fire -- you could see the whole thing going up."
The Seattle Fire Department responded to moorage around 9:15 to find several boats on fire.
"When crews arrived on scene, two of the boats were already engulfed in flames and another boat was impacted," said Kristin Tinsley with Seattle Fire.
Fire crews had to pull around 2,000 feet of hose to reach the fire and start putting it out.
Firefighters were able to get the flames under control in about 20 minutes, Tinsley said.
A 59-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor burn injuries. A Seattle Police officer stayed behind with the man's dog until he could return from the hospital.
"Thank God it wasn't worse -- the people who live on this boats weren't here tonight," Hoffman said. "This could have been so much worse."
Fire investigators said there is too much damage to the boats to figure out the cause, which will be listed as "undetermined." All three boats are a total loss, fire officials said, with an estimated damage loss of $200,000.