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Deer Harbor Marina fire ruled as accidental

The office in flames. - Julie Remington photo
The office in flames.
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Orcas Fire and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the Deer Harbor Marina for the report of a structure fire in early February around 7 p.m.

The fire was ruled accidental by officials.

On Feb.10, arriving responders found the marina building closest to the main road heavily involved in fire. Two 120-gallon propane tanks stored near the building were emitting large “torch like” flames, which challenged firefighting efforts.

Forty responders from OIFR and San Juan Island with 13 units, including the fire boat “Confidence” from San Juan Island Fire District 3, worked until 1:30 a.m. to control the blaze. Damage was limited and a good portion of the building was saved. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries to civilians or responders.

"Orcas Island Fire and Rescue reminds you to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home. If you need one installed, give us a call," said Chief Kevin O'Brien.

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