PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 54-year-old man was seriously injured in a boat fire Wednesday morning on Tomahawk Island.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews said the man was transported to a hospital. However, his condition is unclear.
When the fire broke out, the dock’s harbormaster saved the day by stopping the fire from spreading to other boats. Officials said he got on his own boat and contained the flames with a hose that’s normally used to wash off the docks. He fought the fire until crews got there about 10 minutes later.
Once fire crews arrived, they were able to extinguish the fire on the 27-foot-long sailboat.
A neighbor told KOIN 6 News that the man lived on the boat and was “covered in burns from head to toe.”
The neighbor also said that he didn’t hear an explosion — adding that it was more likely a leak in the cabin that led to a small burst. At its peak, the fire engulfed the cabin and was about five feet above the boom.
Investigators are on scene to determine what caused the boat fire.
He says at it’s peak the fire engulfed the cabin and was about 5 feet above the boom, which is confident with the burn marks on the mast pic.twitter.com/6w3M3SgtKX— Trevor Ault (@TrevorKOIN) August 22, 2018