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Fire Erupts On Board An Occupied 50-Foot Sailboat In Alamitos Bay

By Jackawa Jackson | March 12, 2010

 

Just before 2:30 on the morning of March 12, 2010, Long Beach Fire Department units responded to reports of a boat fire in Alamitos Bay. LBFD Rescue boat 1 found a 50 foot sail boat at the end of Gangway 16 with a large volume of fire in the cabin area and on the main deck. Rescue boat 1 attacked the fire with their monitor (a large water cannon mounted on the front of the boat) and went onboard to open up the cabin area. Engine 4 deployed a hand line from the dock and used that to knock down the fire in the cabin area. There were two occupants on board, a 63-year-old female and a 66-year-old male. Rescue 14, transported the 63-year-old female to Community hospital in mild to moderate distress, suffering from smoke inhalation. The 66 year old male was examined for very minor burns to his face but did not wish to be transported and was released on scene. A resident from an adjacent slip suffered burns to his hand while attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose. The vessel was estimated at $180,000 value and is most likely a total loss. RB1 towed the boat to the isolation dock and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  There were no other reports of injuries or damages.

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