There was a big boat fire in Simpson Bay yesterday. It was quite exciting. We were just going home from Church when we saw the smoke. We had planned to stop and get some bread at our favorite French bakery (soup that night!), and the bakery has a back patio that is right on the water. We were able to sit and have a front-row seat to this big event!
Eventually there was quite a crowd gathered. There were three boats that were destroyed. It started with a man working on the fuel line of his boat, which caught fire. The man was on fire, so rather than attempt to put out the fire, he leaped into the water. For some reason there were no fire extinguishers around, as the small fire turned big and eventually spread to two other boats. A fourth almost caught fire–they use small hoses to keep it wet, and finally got someone to move it away from the fire.
To our surprise there were no fire boats in the harbor–they were using normal fire dept., which could not get to the fire! The streets were backed-up with traffic and the fire trucks were out in the street, quite far from the actual dock area where the fire was. A fire boat could have put out the fire very easily and quickly. With all the multi-million dollar boats in the harbor this time of year, to have no fire boats is nuts!
Well, it was a good show while it lasted!