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A fire reportedly caused by faulty wiring has caused an estimated $2 million dollars in damages to three yachts on Seattle's Lake Union. Nearly 100 fireman responded to the early morning fire which occurred at Sundance Yacht Sales. Below freezing temperatures created dangerous conditions for the firemen. Two firefighters and a policeman fell into the freezing water while fighting the blaze. Quick response stopped the fire from spreading to the fleet of vessel's moored nearby. Firefighters cut several boats loose from their mooring to prevent additional damages.

Investigation into the fire is underway but initial investigation has ruled the fire to be accidentally caused by faulty wiring in the 110 volt power supply to a 39 foot Chinese built trawler. All three vessels involved in the fire were total losses. Marina fires can be devastating as the fires spread quickly from boat to boat on vessels that are highly combustible.

Federal maritime law protects crewmen working aboard many fireboats and harbor patrol boats may be classified as Jones Act seamen.

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