Morning Docks & Boats
Multi Boat FIRE Lake Arrowhead
July 16, 2021
Friday morning San
Bernardino County Fire crews were dispatched to a reported boat fire in the 800
block of State Route 173. 9-1-1 callers stated smoke and fire was present at the boats
docked on Lake Arrowhead.
Arriving fire crews found multiple
boats well involved, with multiple boats and the dock immediately threatened.
Firefighters manned nearby Boat #92, working off the fire-boat platform to make
a safe and immediate fire attack. Utilizing the fire-boat’s pumps, hose
compliment and unlimited water supply, the fire was knocked down in
approximately 20 minutes. Multiple boats on fire also burned through their dock
lines, causing them to float freely, while on fire. The SB County Firefighters
worked to extinguish and corral the free-floating boats, before they caused
additional damage. In total seven boats were destroyed, while five other boats
were damaged. The dock also received major damage. The Fire Crews remained on
scene for multiple hours working on overhaul, salvage and investigation.
The Arrowhead Lake
Association (ALA) was notified for a response, as they manage Lake
Arrowhead-lake operations and the boat docks. San Bernardino County Haz-Mat
personnel also responded due to potential fluids and other hazards that may
impact the lake. Haz-Mat personnel will continue to support ALA in their
clean-up efforts. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by San
Bernardino County Fire Department Investigators.
Boat and dock fires pose a
hazard for firefighters as both can sink, making the fire boat a vital resource
to suppress the fire. Firefighters are specially trained in shipboard
firefighting, fire boat operations and cross-staff the boat from nearby Station
San Bernardino County Fire
Department Crews responded with two Engines, a Fire
Boat, a Hazardous Materials Team, Battalion Chief and Fire Investigator.
Photos Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire
July 16, 2021