News

Cleanup begins on La Conner marina fire

Cleanup begins on La Conner marina fire

Photo: KGMI/Jeffrey Lustick

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

LA CONNER, Wash. – The cleanup after a five-alarm fire at the Shelter Bay Marina has begun and it’s reported that some fuel has spilled into the water.

The State Department of Ecology says it put an oil containment boom around the area shortly after the fire was put out.

The fire Friday evening involved nearly a dozen boats and seven of them sank. Many of them were filled with diesel fuel. Ecology says the extent of environmental damage is unknown.

An undetermined amount of fuel has leaked into the water, but Ecology says most of the fuel appears to be contained within the boom. A skimmer is also helping remove the oil.

The U.S. Coast Guard has brought in contractors to clean up the area and salvage the sunken boats. It’s expected to take several days.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Swinomish Police Department and Skagit County Fire Department.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: July 24

Fresh
elton-john

A look back at some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.

in Local Sports

WSU’s Leach looking to build on last year’s bowl game

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach takes questions at the 2014 Pac-12 NCAA college football media days at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The Cougars return eight starters, including school record setting, senior quarterback Connor Halliday, from a 6-and-7 campaign last season.

in Local Sports

USC’s Sarkisian happy for the University of Washington

Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian takes questions at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media days at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

USC's Sarkisian on the Huskies: "I can honestly say I'll be rooting for them this fall."

in Local Sports

Colon overpowers Seattle in New York’s 3-2 win

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Seattle.

Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning. Mariners drop series to Mets and have gone just 2-and-4 since the All-Star break.

in Local Sports

Oregon picked to win Pac-12 in preseason poll

pac 12 logo

The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars were picked to finish 3rd and 5th respectively in the North Division.