Many yachts were destroyed in a two-alarm fire at the Port Orchard Yacht Club on Sunday morning. The fire was seen only before 3 am, by a medic passing by the dockage as he was taking a person to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, told officials from the S. Kitsap Fire & Rescue. The medic dialed 911 as other reports started pouring in as well, triggering a call for many fire agencies to answer.
Overall, more than fifty firefighters from North Mason County, Bremerton, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Kitsap County, were on hand to douse the fire.
Firefighters had to work with hose pipes of around 1000 feet to reach the burning yachts – 3 to 4 of which were already absorbed in fires by the time firefighters came to the scene, said the officials. It took around 2 hours to extinguish the flames. Six yachts were destroyed with their houses, and now no longer available for Greek Island Bareboat charter said the fire officials.
One of the boats was a 1963 43-foot long Tollycraft that offered a lifetime of precious moments for Dwight Mason as well as his family now gone. Mason told that this really hurts, this is like a part of your family. A lot of memories are associated with it.
The officials state that none were hurt in the incident. They added that four other boat houses were damaged. The firefighters and the rescue team managed to save 38 other boats, including David and Barbara Letson’s boat. Barbara Letson told that they were lucky. It could have all gone in two minutes.