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Boat fire on beach at Gooseberry Point (August 18, 2020). Photo courtesy of Barbara Craig

UPDATED: Fire crews respond to boat fire near Gooseberry Point ferry terminal

Crews with Whatcom County Fire District 8 and the Bellingham Fire Department were dispatched to the 2500 block of Lummi View Drive about 3:50pm today, August 18th, due to a report of a boat fire.

  • Boat fire on beach at Gooseberry Point (August 18, 2020). Photo courtesy of Barbara Craig
  • Boat fire on beach at Gooseberry Point (August 18, 2020). Photo courtesy of Barbara Craig
  • Boat fire on beach at Gooseberry Point (August 18, 2020). Photo courtesy of Barbara Craig

Bellingham Fire Department Captain Dave Pethick said the 30-foot crabbing boat’s sole occupant was transported by a medic unit to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical center in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Bystanders reported crackling had been heard prior to 2 explosions occurring on the boat. They reported seeing the occupant jump off the boat just before the explosions.

There were no reports the fire or emergency response had impacted ferry runs between the nearby Gooseberry Point ferry terminal and Lummi Island.

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This story was updated at 3:45pm August 19th with information from the Bellingham Fire Department and bystander reports.

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