EVERETT — Two boats and a row of boathouses were damaged in a two-alarm fire early Monday at the Port of Everett marina.
A plume of black smoke could be seen for miles around 7:50 a.m., when flames broke out at a hard-to-reach spot at the end of G Dock. A total of 70 firefighters responded southeast of the Everett Yacht Club, near the center of the marina. No one was hurt.
A man had been living aboard a 36-foot fiberglass troller that was destroyed in the fire, according to the Everett Fire Department. He wasn’t hurt. The boat had been built in 1979. It did not sink, though it was charred from bow to stern.
A second boat also was damaged, according to the fire department.
Five boathouses burned. The area was cleared of people as a precaution. Crews battled the flames from the dock and from a city boat, Marine 1, for an hour. Firefighters from Naval Station Everett, Marysville, Snohomish, Monroe, Getchell and south Snohomish County arrived to help.
Firefighters moved neighboring boats from their spaces, to save them from the flames. They used a biodegradable fire suppression foam.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The state Department of Ecology found perhaps a gallon fuel spilled into the water. Luckily, it did not create the kind of spill that would pose a major ecological hazard, the department’s regional spokesman Larry Altose said.
A damage estimate had not been released Monday.