January 27, 2018
From the Times Colonist in Victoria, BC
The Victoria Fire Department responded to a fire at a marina in front of the Coast Harbourside Hotel in James Bay on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Fire tore through a 30-foot pleasure craft moored at a James Bay marina early Saturday.

Victoria Fire Department crews responded to the blaze in the marina in front of the Coast Harbourside Hotel on Kingston Street just after 1 a.m.

A resident of nearby Fisherman’s Wharf said there was heavy smoke in the area following a loud explosion about 1 a.m.

According to the fire department, the boat was “fully involved” when they arrived.

Firefighters used the deck gun of a fire boat on the flames, while a second crew applied water from the driveway of the hotel.

No one was aboard the vessel and there were no injuries.

A witness said the fire was extinguished by 1:35 a.m.

The fire department said the boat was a writeoff.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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