A 32-foot yacht docked at Yarrow Point caught fire Wednesday afternoon and spread to the dock and a neighboring motorboat before Bellevue firefighters were able to extinguish it.
The yacht apparently caught fire at about 4:35 p.m. The boat's owner noticed smoke coming from the boat's windows, but did not have the water supply necessary to put out the fire.
The blaze was highly visible to the surrounding community and drivers on State Route 520. The Bellevue Fire Department, which provides fire protection for Yarrow Point, received the first reports about the fire from cell-phone callers who couldn't provide a specific location for the fire. Responding fire units traced the source of the smoke quickly.
By the time fire crews arrived at the location, in Cozy Cove near the 8800 block of Northeast 36th Street, the wind-driven fire had reached the dock and adjacent ski boat. A total of five fire engines responded to the incident, but only two were needed. The rest were quickly released.
A marine salvage company was on-site shortly after the fire and was able to keep the boat from sinking. There was no evidence of fuel spills or other environmental damage.
The involved boat was also next to a vintage float plane, but the wind direction kept fire from spreading to the plane.
An investigation into the cause of the fire began Thursday, but a cause had not been determined. The homeowner estimated the damage to the two boats would amount to $180,000. The damage to the dock was estimated to be $100,000.
Return to News Release Index