Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department 
                                A private boat caught fire in Bellevue on April 25 and sank.

Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department A private boat caught fire in Bellevue on April 25 and sank.

Bellevue Fire responds to private boat blaze

40-foot vessel sank to bottom of Lake Washington.

  • Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:22pm
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On April 25, just after midnight, Bellevue Fire responders were dispatched to a fully-involved vessel fire.

The 40-foot vessel — tied to a dock on Pleasure Point Lane in Bellevue — was completely engulfed in flames. Mercer Island responders, cross trained as marine patrol officers, launched the Patrol 11 boat and sped across Lake Washington to assist the Bellevue Fire Department.

Initial calls reported an explosion and seeing flames. Some of the calls came in from Mercer Island. Bellevue’s Engine 104 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved boat fire. The boat was privately owned, and moored to a private dock, Bellevue Fire spokesperson Camari Olson said.

About 45 minutes after the initial calls and fire being extinguished, the boat sank, she said. The hazmat team was called. They worked to contain the diesel spill and deployed a soft boom — a temporary floating barrier. The Washington State Department of Ecology later arrived and contained the spill with a hard boom.

The scene was then turned over to the homeowner to coordinate clean up and removal. The boat remains at the bottom of Lake Washington.

Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department

Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department

Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department

Photo courtesy/Mercer Island Police Department

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