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Vancouver fire crews respond to boat blaze in Yaletown marina

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The Vancouver fire fepartment and the coast guard were called to the scene of a massive boat fire at Yaletown’s Quayside Marina on Thursday.

The 30-foot pleasure vessel, moored in the marine, was destroyed by the fire that broke at around noon.

Witnesses reported hearing the blast.

“It was such a loud bang … My son thought it was thunder, but it was a huge explosion,” said Mary Zilba, whose condo overlooks the marina. “I ran over to the window and there was a massive cloud of black smoke. People are saying that lightning hit the boat, but it’s speculation.”

Eight fire trucks and a Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services fireboat attacked the blaze.

A plume of thick, black smoke from the burning pleasure-craft could be seen for kilometres.

Ash rained down on neighbouring vessels in the marina, including the $30-million, 150-foot super yacht, After Eight. 

“All the other boats were getting out of there,” said Zilba. “The After Eight took off so fast … I couldn’t believe how fast its crew scrambled to get the yacht out of there.”

The flames were contained to one boat, but a nearby vessel did suffer some heat damage, according to the Vancouver fire department.

False Creek Ferries suspended water-taxi service to Quayside Marina due to the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



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