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Explosions heard as sailboat catches on fire in False Creek (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

DH Vancouver Staff Jan 21, 2015 8:49 am

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a sailboat fire on Tuesday night in False Creek.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. at the Burrard Civic Marina near the Burrard Street Bridge. Local firefighters and a Coast Guard hovercraft responded to the blaze that quickly consumed the vessel.

According to City TV, firefighters spent two hours to extinguish the fire before having to drain the boat to prevent it from sinking into bottom of False Creek. Two boats docked on the sides of the blazing boat were also moved out to prevent the fire from spreading to other vessels at the marina, reports CTV.

Witnesses reported hearing several explosions before seeing flames burst out of the boat. The vessel is described as a 40-foot fibreglass sailboat.

Nobody was on the vessel at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.

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DH Vancouver Staff
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