A boat at the Fisherman’s Bend pier caught fire Tuesday night, injuring one person, according to Capital City Fire/Rescue. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

A boat at the Fisherman’s Bend pier caught fire Tuesday night, injuring one person, according to Capital City Fire/Rescue. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

One injured in Auke Bay boat fire

The cause of the engine fire is under investigation.

A person was injured following a fire aboard a boat at the Fisherman’s Bend piers in Auke Bay on Tuesday evening.

The fire was extinguished by the owner before Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel arrived, said Assistant Chief Sam Russell.

CCFR received the call around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday from someone saying they’d seen a fire in the harbor, Russell said in a phone interview.

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“When we got there we couldn’t see anything so we went down and did an investigation. We ended up running into the folks that had had the fire,” Russell said. “We went down to make sure it was in fact out.”

The origin of the fire is under investigation, Russell said, but the 28-foot vessel is not in danger of sinking. Unable to get to the fire extinguisher aboard, Russell said, the owner used seawater to put out the fire.

“It was an engine fire, so it’s not going anywhere,” Russell said.

CCFR personnel treated a person, who they did not identify, for injuries suffered during the fire. The person was then transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further evaluation. None of the vessels around the area were damaged in the fire, Russell said.

“It was pretty much a non-event, thankfully,” Russell said. “Know where your fire extinguishers are and be careful working around fuels and such.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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