Coast Guard investigates vessel fire in Lake Tahoe

300 quenn burnSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Coast Guard continues its investigation into a boat fire onboard the Tahoe Queen on Lake Tahoe, Wednesday.

The fire occurred onboard the vessel in Zephyr Cove Tuesday morning.

The vessel has been thoroughly examined by passenger vessel marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to ensure that it is structurally sound and poses no threat to the public. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the condition of the vessel throughout the investigation.

The vessel has approximately 800 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of hydraulic oil onboard, none of which was lost during the blaze.

“Most of the fire damage is limited to the boat’s pilot house and second deck,” said Lt. Jake Aulner, Chief of Sector San Francisco’s domestic vessel inspection branch. “This can be attributed to the tremendous response by Tahoe Douglas Fire Department to quickly extinguish the fire before it spread to the fuel tanks below.”

The Coast Guard’s efforts are to minimize the impact to the marine environment through the cooperation of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, monitor the vessels structural integrity to ensure it poses no further danger to the public and conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire with the local fire marshals.

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