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Boat Fire Leaves One Dead in L.A.

October 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA – The body of a woman was found on a vessel that caught fire earlier this morning in the L.A. port of San Pedro.

Around 4 a.m. Monday morning, a 28-foot boat caught on fire. The cabin cruiser was docked at the Terminal Island, in the Port of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived at the scene in Berth 258 shortly after the flames erupted. The location of the fire was approximately in a middle point between the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department used five fireboats to take firefighters, paramedics, and divers to the vessel.  

They came equipped with deck guns that pushed around 250 gallons of water over the boat each minute.

However, it took the firefighters about 16 minutes to completely put out the flames, as Brian Humphrey, the L.A. Fire Department spokesperson, mentioned. The flames reached up to 20 feet high and the heat was very intense, he said.

Once the fire was extinguished, the crew was able to make it into the vessel, which was still adrift. Inside they discovered the body of a dead woman. As of now, investigators believe that the victim lived in the boat.

While no other casualties were reported, it is uncertain the exact cause of the woman’s death. Hence, authorities have opened an investigation on the matter.

Another line of investigation to find out the cause of the fire is still ongoing. Nonetheless, officials also confirmed that the fire did not spread to other nearby boats.

Authorities have withheld all information related to the identity of the victim. They only revealed that the body found belonged to a 69-year-old woman.

Her name and other information regarding the circumstances of the fire will not be disclosed until authorities properly notify her family.

“It’s probably going to be a while before we can piece everything together,” said in a public announcement Arley Baker, who works as a spokesperson for the Port of L.A.

More updates are to come.  

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