Coast Guard, Washington Dept. of Ecology responds to pollution from fire at Tyee Marina

Five vessels were damaged during a fire at the Tyee Marina in Tacoma, Wash., one of which sank completely, two others that partially sank and two damaged but still floating, Oct. 2, 2016. Pollution responders from the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division and Washington Department of Ecolgy are overseeing the cleanup of the fuel spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Madeline Ede.

Five vessels were damaged during a fire at the Tyee Marina in Tacoma, Wash., one of which sank completely, two others that partially sank and two damaged but still floating, Oct. 2, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Madeline Ede.

TACOMA, Wash. — The Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology alongside Tacoma Fire and Police Department personnel have responded to a pollution incident at Tyee Marina in Tacoma after a fire damaged five boats, Sunday morning.

Pollution responders from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound and Department of Ecology, as well as, National Response Corporation Environmental Services personnel have placed containment boom inside the marina and around the one boat that sank, two that partially sank and two others that were damaged.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center in Seattle were notified of the fire and potential pollution threat at about 8 a.m. The five boats damaged in the fire are all 25-feet long and smaller, four of which had gasoline powered outboard engines.

“The maximum potential fuel spilt is 100 gallons,” said Lt. j.g Madeline Ede, federal on scene coordinator representative. “We are working with our partner agencies to mitigate the pollution threat caused by the fire.”

Containment boom, absorbant boom and pads have been placed in the water to absorb as much fuel as possible.

“We’re pleased with the Tacoma Fire Department’s quick response,” said Shawn Zaniewski, Department of Ecology’s lead spill responder. “The department had grant-purchased spill response equipment available to immediately contain the spill and reduce environmental damage.”

Divers from the Tacoma Police Department also responded by supplying divers to confirm safety of life.

The owners of the vessels and their insurance companies will be responsible for salvaging the boats.

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