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Old 11-02-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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Marina fire on Lake Union next to our old dock!

So far, 3 boats confirmed down, lots of smoke and water damage....

Three-alarm Lake Union fire forces evacuations of floating homes
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:46 AM   #2
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Boat and marina fires are always sad to see. Thankfully Seattle's fire boats are just around the corner.
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:25 PM   #3
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:53 PM   #4
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It seems as if there are a lot of marina fires in Seattle? If I remember correctly wasn't there a couple of fires in Lake Union over the past several years?
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:11 PM   #5
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Boat and marina fires are always sad to see. Thankfully Seattle's fire boats are just around the corner.
I feel the same. It's hard to contain the origin so a few or more suffer from one cause.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:33 PM   #6
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In my case...a liveaboard is much less likely to be the cause and more likely to be the savior in saving a bunch of nearby boats from a fire.

Yet liveaboards are frowned upon by many marinas, not understood by many governmental organizations and can be hit or miss for being on the good side of insurance policies.

Too bad there isn't a better yardstick for those who help the bating community versus those that hurt.

Not easy to do but it would be sweet.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:56 PM   #7
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Here is the Times article:


Candle blamed for marina fire that damaged boats, gutted building | The Seattle Times
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Old 11-03-2015, 02:44 PM   #8
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It seems as if there are a lot of marina fires in Seattle? If I remember correctly wasn't there a couple of fires in Lake Union over the past several years?
There are lot of marinas that have boat houses or roofs over the docks in the PNW. There was a big fire in 2002 at the Seattle Yacht Club where 13 boats sank and 10 heavily damaged that included some classics. If I remember, the Yacht Club did some extensive upgrades with sprinkler systems after.
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Unattended cadle?

Really?

Probably the latest 100 candles or more I have used burned low and went out on their own. Often before I wanted them to.

Gotta wait for the final and read how they managed to start fire on this one.
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In my case...a liveaboard is much less likely to be the cause and more likely to be the savior in saving a bunch of nearby boats from a fire.

Yet liveaboards are frowned upon by many marinas, not understood by many governmental organizations and can be hit or miss for being on the good side of insurance policies.

Too bad there isn't a better yardstick for those who help the bating community versus those that hurt.

Not easy to do but it would be sweet.
The week before we left the Marina we had a close call with the boat next to ours. I woke up early as I usually do and was walking to the office and I could smell smoke, as I was looking for the source I discovered smoke Rollin out of the vents on the boat next door. I went and banged on the window to make sure the fella was not in there, I could not see more than 6 inches inside the boat, filled with smoke. I called the marina and things got real busy. I got my boat out of there real quick. Fire department was able to put out the smoldering clothes that were laying against a lamp. They got it under control before it flamed up.
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Friction

Could it possibly have been a friction fire - you know, when the insurance policy rubs up against the mortgage? Still, a sad sight to see.
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Marina Fire

When my daughter was in college a girl in her dorm, on another floor, lit a candle on her bookshelf and went to take a shower. Started the next shelf up on fire then swept the entire building. Fortunately nobody was injured but sure destroyed/damaged a lot of personal belongings. You think maybe a 14" candle on an 18" shelf?
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Add to today's fire list, one in Pompano Beach.

Three Boats Destroyed in Pompano Beach Marina Fire | NBC 6 South Florida

And less than a month ago, one in Quincy, MA.

PHOTOS: Multiple boats destroyed during Quincy marina fire - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston
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I've concluded that berthing a boat under a roof raises the danger from fire.
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I've concluded that berthing a boat under a roof raises the danger from fire.
I've concluded that candles in inappropriate locations are a bad idea. Then again, I already knew that..... a long time ago.
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A condo boathouse burned in Bellngham Harbor three (I think) years ago. All 20 boats in the boathouse burned and sank and a liveaboard couple burned to death while calling for help on their mobile phone because they could not get out of their boat. Cause was an old and severely overloaded electrical system in the boathouse.

One result was the Port of Bellngham instituting a sprinkler requirement for all boathouses in the harbor.
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