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April 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The Associated Press
Divers recovered two bodies Thursday from sunken debris from a fire that burned boats and a boathouse at a marina in Washington state.
The two have not been officially identified, but police said the families of Jim Langei, 43, and Sterling Taylor, 33, have been notified. The two lived aboard a 42-foot boat that burned and sank in Friday’s fire at the Squalicum Harbor.
They owned the America’s Cup coffee shop near the marina. Police said a 911 call from the boat indicated the two were trapped. Their boat was one of as many as 10 boats destroyed in the fire.
Witnesses reported hearing fuel tank explosions as a black cloud drifted over downtown Bellingham, which is about 80 miles north of Seattle.
The fire was difficult to fight because of its size, and crews didn’t have a fire boat, Fire Department Assistant Chief Roger Christensen said at the time. The city decommissioned an old fire boat last year and didn’t have the money to replace it.
It took nearly a week to recover the bodies because the roof of the boathouse had collapsed on the boats. High winds delayed a barge with a crane needed to remove debris.
Divers started rigging debris for the crane Wednesday and removed the roof debris.
Officials expect the investigation into the cause of the fire and cleanup work will take several weeks.
Officials are unsure how many boats were in the boathouse at the time. They haven’t estimated the property loss in dollars. The vessels were high-end fiberglass pleasure boats about 40 feet in length.
December 9, 2011 at 7:02 AM
Weather: Could be partly SUNNY today. High temp: 41. Light RAIN tomorrow and Sunday, of course. Precip always seems to wait for the weekends. Are the kids’ soccer seasons over yet? The details.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Today is the deadline for Occupy Seattle folks to leave the campus of Seattle Central Community College. We’ll update that story later in the day.
Two bodies, four dead dogs and white separatism: The story out of Washougal in Clark County is a puzzler. See The Columbian story. Two bodies found in the rubble of a burned down house have yet to be identified. Before the fire, shots were fired from the home. Two bodies and four dogs were found in the rubble. The home is believed to be owned by a “self-proclaimed white separatist” who suffered with mental health issues.
Lunar eclipse: Remember the one we mentioned yesterday? Well, it’s tomorrow, early in the morning! Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates and we can see the darn thing.
A very sad story in The Tri-City Herald tells of a 9-year-old Richland girl with an incurable heart disease who was hit and killed while walking to an SUV reportedly driven by her mother. When the girl was 7-years-old, she got to go to Disneyland as part of the Make-a-Wish program. That happier story was featured in the newspaper back then.
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