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Investigators looking into suspicious boat fire

June 1, 2012 |  6:10 am


Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that erupted early Friday on a luxury speedboat docked in the Port of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles city Fire Department received a call at 1:39 a.m. of a blaze in the Leeward Bay Marina.  When firefighters arrived at the scene, a 50-foot luxury powerboat was fully engulfed in flames, according to fire Capt. Tom Haus.

"People were on the dock using garden hoses to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats," he said. 

It took several fire crews, including two from the water, about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. 

No injuries were reported but the boat was badly damaged.

Witnesses told KTLA that they saw at least three men running from the scene moments before the fire erupted.

"It looked like some vandalism or something to me," one witness recounted to KTLA.

"I seen a dude get on that boat. He looked out of place. And shortly after, I seen him run off the boat, and the flames was coming on the boat after that," a witness said.

Haus said the arson unit was investigating the cause of the blaze to determine if a Molotov cocktail was used to start it.

Authorities said the boat will stay put, rather than being moved to a tow yard.


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