SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (KTLA) – Firefighters responded to several burning boats on a lake in San Bernardino County, California on Friday morning.
After receiving a call about smoke and fire at a wharf at Lake Arrowhead, crews arrived around 4 a.m. to find boats engulfed in flames that threatened to spread at the wharf, according to San County firefighters. Bernardino. Crews quickly occupied a nearby fire boat, battling the flames from the ship’s platform.
The fire burned several of the moorings of the boats, leaving them to float freely on the lake while they were on fire. Firefighters had to surround the burning boats and put out the flames before they spread elsewhere and wreak havoc, officials said.
“Boat [and] Dock fires pose a danger to firefighters as both can sink, making the fireboat a vital resource in extinguishing the blaze, ”fire department officials said in a press release.
It took about 20 minutes to put out the flames, according to firefighters. Seven boats were destroyed and five other boats were damaged. The wharf also suffered significant damage.
Crews spent hours working on overhaul and rescue operations after extinguishing the flames. A hazardous materials team also had to intervene on the scene to check if fluids or other hazards could have leaked into the lake.
Images shared by firefighters show flames raging from the boats as firefighters use hoses to put out the blaze. In the process, the wharf and several boats could be seen badly burned.
Officials said the cause of the fire was still under investigation and no further details were immediately available.