Unattended candle causes marina fire

Nov. 2. 2015- The early morning 3-alarm marina fire located at 2421 Westlake Avenue North has been determined accidental. An unattended candle started the fire aboard a 40- foot boat moored under a covered section of the marina.  The fire quickly spread to neighboring boats and to the structure above that housed a law firm.  Firefighters worked for about 40 minutes before they were able to extinguish the main body of fire.  A total of 11 boats were damaged including six boats that are currently underwater.  Five people who lived at the marina were taken to shore by rescue boats. There were no injuries in this rapid moving fire.

Firefighters were dispatched at 1:05 am and arrived to find a large column of fire.  A multiple alarm was quickly called to bring in more firefighting resources.  Approximately 80 firefighters including the SFD Marine and Dive teams and Seattle Police Harbor Patrol worked together to contain the fire to one dock.

Firefighters are currently assisting the Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology on scene.  The priority is to focus on environmental issues associated with the contaminants in the water. The cleanup process could take up to several days.