Fire crews quickly douse boat blaze

The fire department reported there were no occupants on board the Arctic Fox II and the fire was successfully extinguished.

Emergency crews mop up and investigate after putting out a fire Tuesday morning on a fishing boat moored in Cowichan Bay.

The Cowichan Bay Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at a boat moored at Government Wharf in Cowichan Bay around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning .

The fire department reported there were no occupants on board the Arctic Fox II and the fire was successfully extinguished.

“It was smoke showing from a vessel at Government Wharf. When I arrived on scene there were two individuals at the boat,” said Cowichan Bay fire chief Charles Brown.

“One putting water through the window that you can see in the background that had broke up,” he added.

Crews then came to the help of these individuals and put out the fire.

“We proceeded to run a two-and-a-half-inch supply line down the docks and the crew went inside and extinguished the fire,” Brown said, adding that crews searched the vessel and found nobody on board.

John Vogelaar, whose boat Double Decker is moored across from the Arctic Fox II, said both are for tuna fishing.

“It’s used for tuna in the summer. These are both tuna boats,” he explained.

Brown said there was not yet an estimate of damages.

The cause is under investigation.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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