Portland Firefighters Battle Fuel-Driven Boat Fire

Portland firefighters responded to a boat fire Tuesday morning that occurred shortly after the owner completed fueling it.


Portland firefighters responded to a boat fire Tuesday morning that occurred shortly after the owner completed fueling it.

The 32-foot boat was approximately 10 feet away from the fuel pumps, according to a department news release.

The owner attempted to put out the fire on his own with an extinguisher and suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Port of Portland arrived in two boats and kept the fire at by with their fire turrets until land-base firefighters arrived.

Engine 14 was the first on the scene and moved hose lines up to the dock and began applying foam concentrate on the burning fuel inside the boat.

Firefighters were ordered off the dock to assume a defensive fire attack when water filled the boat and mixed with the fuel, allowing the fire to spread more rapidly.

The Coast Guard placed booming around the boat to contain the fuel spillage and fire and rescue boats used portable pumps to pump the water and foam out of the boat to keep it from sinking.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and damages are estimated at $150,000.