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Blazing 70-foot boat sinks off Salt Spring

Salt Spring firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to a blazing boat fire Wednesday. Salt Spring Island Fire and Rescue received the call at 5:38 p.m. The boat eventually sank on its own and firefighters were wrapped up by 1:15 a.m.

Salt Spring firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to a blazing boat fire Wednesday.

Salt Spring Island Fire and Rescue received the call at 5:38 p.m. The boat eventually sank on its own and firefighters were wrapped up by 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

Before the 70-foot boat sank, 10 firefighters in four trucks were at work along with the coast guard and Eagle Eye Marine Vessel Assist.

The coast guard attached a second anchor to the blazing boat to stop it from drifting to shore. But the agency was unable to help fight the fire because of risks posed by a large propane tank.

Salt Spring firefighters patrolled the surrounding shore, where wooden structures were at risk from flying embers, and extinguished a burning wooden dock that drifted in from the boat.

No one was on board. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.