Coast Guard responds to a vessel fire in Lake Tahoe

Passenger vessel Tahoe Queen

Passenger vessel Tahoe Queen

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard responded to a passenger vessel that caught fire on Lake Tahoe Tuesday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe that the 119-foot passenger vessel Tahoe Queen was on fire at Zephyr Cove.

A Station Lake Tahoe 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew responded and established a safety zone around the vessel. A hazardous material and fire crew from Douglas County also responded to fight the fire and deployed oil containment boom. Crews were able to extinguish the fire at approximately 8:50 a.m.

A first responder suffering from smoke inhalation was evaluated and released by a Emergency medical services. No other injuries have been reported.

Investigators and vessel inspectors from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco will determine the cause of the fire.

“We thank all our partner agencies for their outstanding response during this incident,” said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, Sector San Francisco Commander. “Their support and dedication to public service at Lake Tahoe is most commendable.”

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