Fire Destroys Tour Boat Moored at Fishermen's Terminal
Posted: April 30, 2012 | By: Seattle Times
A persistent furnace of a fire charred a 105-foot luxury charter boat at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle early April 27.
Two people escaped from the Safari Spirit by climbing down a mooring line to the dock, said Tim Jacox, vice president of InnerSea Discoveries, which operated the boat.
Company owner Dan Blanchard was sleeping on board and was awakened about 1 a.m. by popping noises. He called the Fire Department and got off the boat along with the engineer, Jacox said.
An additional six crew members were not on the boat when the fire broke out, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
"By the time we arrived, (the boat) was fully engulfed," he said.
The flames burned so hot that firefighters, after checking there was nobody else on board, had to pull back because of the heat.
Firefighters were still at the scene at 6 p.m. [that evening], and Moore said in an email they would remain there "on firewatch" overnight.
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