Firefighters responded to a reported boat fire Saturday afternoon at Cornet Bay Marina.
When the responders from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue arrived, the approximately 26-foot boat and the dock were in flames, according to Chief Mark Kirko.
The boat’s owner sustained minor injuries, possibly caused by smoke inhalation and some burns to the face, Kirko said.
The man was transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. With help from the Mount Erie Fire Department, the flames were extinguished but the boat and two docks were left not salvageable.
A team of 10 North Whidbey firefighters, two Mount Erie fighters and two deputies from the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and were able to bring the fire under control within about 20 minutes, Kirko said.
The Island County hazardous materials response team deployed an oil boom around the dock to prevent the spread of any oil or fuel that might seep in to the water as a result of the fire.
Kirko said very little gas was leaking from the boat and responders were able to use absorbent pads to collect the fuel before it reached the water.
The fire is suspected to have been caused by a vapor explosion inside the engine, but that potential cause is still under investigation, said Kirko.
Two docks were destroyed in the blaze, and it’s unclear whether they will be able to be replaced, said Dan Ledgerwood, marine crew supervisor at Deception Pass State Park.