$5 million in damage from Narrows Marina fire in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. -- Thirty vessels were destroyed and $5 million in damage was done when fire raced through the Narrows Marina on Saturday.

From the U.S. Open gallery at Chambers Bay, to spectators out on the water and neighbors on shore, Saturday's fire was hard to miss.

"This hurts," said Eric Burleigh, who works at Aaron's Marine Service and was near the fire as it began, "This is my livelihood. I have my own personal boat burning up. I don't know if any of my customers boats are burning up. I don't know if my bosses boats are burning up.

"It hurts."

The fire started around 4:45 Saturday afternoon. Tacoma Fire said quick action kept the flames from spreading to the rest of Narrows Marina.

"Once that fiberglass and the fuel in these boats caught fire, we're all done," said Allen Estes with Tacoma Fire Department.

Mike Davis lost his boat in the fire, and first noticed the situation by watching U.S. Open coverage, which clearly showed the black smoke just a few miles away.

"Fifteen foot, but it's got everything on it," said Davis, describing his vessel, "It's my baby."

Witnesses said the fire started in a locked building.

No injuries were reported.


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