UPDATE, 10 p.m. | Investigators determined the tugboat fire was caused by an electrical issue with the storage room’s freezer, SFD said. Damage is estimated at $200,000.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m. | The fire was contained at 3:30 p.m., department spokesman Kyle Moore said. The fire broke out in a storage room and was put out by firefighters who sealed the room’s hatches. Fourteen people were on the boat when the fire broke out.
ORIGINAL POST | Firefighters are battling a blaze aboard a 100-foot tugboat docked at Fishermen’s Terminal in Magnolia, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the fire was initially reported at 2:53 p.m. by the vessel’s crew, who said it began in the engine room.
“It must have gotten out of control because they evacuated,” Moore said.
He said there are no people on board the vessel, but the fire remains active. Moore said a dark plume of smoke can be seen coming from the vessel’s bow, which is docked about 150 down the dock.
Rescue divers are in the water as a precaution, just in case someone falls in the water, Moore said.