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 Sports

Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays

Texas Rangers

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer against David Price and the Texas Rangers beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday in an AL Division Series opener as postseason baseball returned to Toronto for the first time in 22 years.

in Local Sports

He’s a Dawg, Sehome’s Taylor Rapp makes it official


Rapp announced his signing of financial aid papers with Washington via Twitter.

in Local Sports

Does offensive lineman Alvin Bailey want out of Seattle?


Bailey has appeared in every game this season, but with no starts

in Entertainment

‘Pan’ taps origins of Peter Pan’s 100-year pop culture adventure


In the century since Scottish author J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan for a stage play then a book, the Neverland universe has inspired movies, books, TV shows, plays, video games and even a pop psychology syndrome describing emotionally immature men.