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Two boats seriously damaged by Richmond fire

A Friday morning fire caused extensive damage to two boats and two boathouses in the middle arm of the Fraser River, just west of Cambie and River roads. - Dillon Consulting Limited
A Friday morning fire caused extensive damage to two boats and two boathouses in the middle arm of the Fraser River, just west of Cambie and River roads.
— image credit: Dillon Consulting Limited

Two boats and two boat houses sustained serious damage, but there were no serious injuries, during a Friday morning blaze in the Skyline Marina just west of Cambie and River roads.

City of Richmond spokesperson Ted Townsend said fire investigators are currently on scene to determine exactly what happened.

Smoke from the fire obscured much of the marina, and the blaze could be clearly seen from the BCIT Aerospace Campus across the river.

Paul Schaap, from Dillon Consulting Limited, snapped a few photos of the flames and e-mailed them to The Richmond Review Friday morning.

The fire started around 8:20 a.m., he said, and intensified around 8:45 p.m. before being fully involved between 8:55 and 9:15 a.m.

There was no fireboat available to battle the blaze, and a purple sheen on the water could be seen about 30 minutes afterward.

"Fire trucks arrived about 8:40 but couldn't get up into the elevated parking lot—had to stay on River Road," Schaap wrote in an e-mail. "Looked to us that the fire spread from the north shed to the south but we couldn't tell if it travelled along the dock or jumped."

Richmond Fire-Rescue's Tim Wilkinson said one firefighter was taken to hospital with a minor cut to his hand.

The fire took about an hour to get under control, as fire crews had difficulty accessing the marina.

Coastguard crews helped evacuate some boats near the fire, though a third boat, a cabin cruiser, did suffer some damage.

The other two wooden work boats appear to be write-offs, he said Friday morning.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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