LA CONNER, Wash. (AP) - A fast-moving fire that sent up a towering cloud of black smoke has destroyed at least seven boats at a marina near La Conner in northwest Washington.
No injuries have been reported in the fire that broke out late Friday afternoon at the Shelter Bay Marina.
Multiple fire departments responded, pouring water on the flames from land and from a fireboat. Shelter Bay Community manager David Franklin said the fire was controlled by early evening. He estimated that another eight boats were damaged.
Fire District 13 Chief Roy Horn tells the Skagit Valley Herald (http://is.gd/9wj9ED) that six of the boats sank after the flames raced through. The initial damage estimate was $1 million.
Pat McGarry told the newspaper he lost a 50-foot yacht valued at $300,000.
Fire crews deployed booms to try to contain any fuel spills.
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