Boat Catches Fire, Damages Others at Mission Bay Marina

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    This is video shot and edited after a boat fire occurred Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Driscoll's Marina in Mission Bay. (Published Monday, Apr 28, 2014)

    An investigation has been launched into what caused a sailboat fire that threatened other boats docked at a San Diego marina.

    Lifeguards say someone from their headquarters spotted a large plume of black smoke coming from Driscoll’s Marina on Mission Bay around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

    People jumped to help fight the fire with water hoses along the dock before firefighters and lifeguards arrived.

    By the time fire crews arrived, the boat was fully engulfed and there were other boats docked nearby.

    “We had to do something very quick in order for the whole marina not to catch on fire,” said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

    He said there were gasoline-powered boats close to the fire that could have ignited.

    Firefighters got a handle on the blaze and worked throughout the evening extinguishing and towing the sailboat.

    The 25-foot sailboat was built in the 1960s, Lerum said. Investigators haven’t released a cause.

    No one was injured.

    Some other boats suffered heat damage on their gel coats and windows, Lerum said.