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Family-owned boat bursts into flames near Lummi Island Ferry terminal

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Bellingham Fire Department firefighters practice rescuing civilians and each other during training Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the Britton Loop Road training facility. The firefighters and trainers communicate by radio during the training, mimic

A 20- to 30-foot family-owned boat caught fire and was significantly damaged Tuesday, July 2, while the boat was being removed from the water near the Lummi Island Ferry terminal to go crabbing.

Nobody was injured in the fire, Bellingham Fire Assistant Chief Jay Comfort told The Bellingham Herald.

Bellingham Fire and Whatcom County Fire District 7 crews responded to the report of an explosion at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of Lummi View Drive near Lummi Bay Markets at the Cove. A small plume of black smoke was visible across the bay in downtown Bellingham.

Crews arrived to find the boat well involved in flames, Comfort said, and had some difficulties because of an extended fuel leak on the boat.

The Lummi Police Department was looking into any possible ramifications from a fuel leak, Comfort said, but he had not yet received an incident report showing how much fuel had leaked from the boat.

What was being done with the boat when it exploded was updated July 3, 2019.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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