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Sandy Point boat fire sends 45-foot boat to the bottom of the channel

Pollution containment booms were visible the morning after a boat fire in the Sandy Point channel (March 4, 2022). Photo: Whatcom News

SANDY POINT, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the south end of Sucia Drive due to a report of an explosion on a boat and subsequent fire on the boat with the dock exposed about 11:25pm, Thursday, March 3rd.

Whatcom County Fire District 17 Fire Chief Jim Petrie said they arrived to find a 60-foot boat fully involved.

Approximate location of boat fire

There was an explosion on the boat followed by the fire according to witnesses.

Petrie said there were no injuries as a result of the fire, and firefighters cleared the scene about 3am. It was reported the boat sank about 5am.

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The boat was moored at a dock located at a residence under construction. There did not appear to be any significant damage to the residence or the dock according to Petrie.

Early this morning, crews from Washington State Department of Ecology and the nearby Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery were on scene installing containment booms and absorbent material to deal with several gallons of diesel thought to be onboard.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Correction: It was later determined the fire occurred aboard a 45-foot boat.

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