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Marina fire damages 2 Okanagan boats

08/08/2012 04:23 EDT | Updated 10/08/2012 05:12 EDT
An early-morning fire at the Shelter Bay Marina has damaged two boats, according to the West Kelowna Fire Department.

Shortly after 5 a.m. PT, firefighters were called to the Shelter Bay Marina on the west side of Okanagan Lake for a fire at the marina's dock and gas bar, says assistant fire chief Kerry Klonteig.

Firefighters were able to avoid a potentially dangerous situation by closing off the gas lines.

"They do store their fuel on the shore. The crews were able to access an emergency shut off and basically anything that was left would have been just in the lines that went out to the gas lines themselves," said Klonteig.

The marina has more than 450 moorage slips. Klonteig says the fire was contained to the gas bar and dock but burned a sail boat and a cruiser ship.

But he says how the fire started is still unclear.

"The owners of the marina are bringing in a barge and once that arrives we'll be disconnecting the end of the dock where the gas bar sat, and we'll be pulling it to shore and then our fire investigators will start the investigation," he said.

The owners have said they plan to bring in temporary pumps and hope to have the gas bar up and running later on Wednesday.

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