Cause of Mission Bay Boat Fire Released

Fire investigators said Monday night's Mission Bay boat fire was accidental

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 8:43 PM PDT
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Fire investigators have released the cause of the boat fire that occurred on Mission Bay Monday night.

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Fire investigators have determined the cause of the extensive boat fire that sparked at the Mission Bay Yacht Club on Monday night damaging several vessels.

According to the San Diego Fire Rescue Department, the cause of the fire along the slips at 1220 El Carmel Place in Sail Bay was accidental. They’ve determined the flames were caused by an electrical problem possibly related to a refrigerator below deck aboard a 36-foot cabin cruiser-fishing boat called “Sea Passion.”

That boat, along with three others, was completely destroyed. Three other boats sustained minor exposure damage from the heat, according to fire investigators. It was initially thought that five additional boats had been damaged in the fire but upon further investigation, that number turned out to be three.

According to San Diego Fire Rescue spokesperson Maurice Luque, the damage including boats, their contents and damage to the dock is approximately $1.3 million.

San Diego Fire Rescue’s Copter 2 was in the area on Monday night and got to the scene of this fire first. Two fire/rescue boats also responded. One was staffed at the bay at the time the fire broke out. Lifeguards put out a page and two other lifeguards jumped into a second fire/rescue boat and rushed over to the yacht club to help.

No injuries were reported.

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