Marina fires cause damage in two states


Two people are believed dead following a fire at Washington state's Squalicum Harbor on Friday that also destroyed at least 10 boats in the marina.

Jim Langei, 43, and his wife, Sterling Taylor, 33, were on a boat when the fire broke out, according to officials. Their boat sank and the two are still missing.

Divers in Whatcom County spent Saturday searching for the couple and their boat, but could not find them, according to media reports. According to the Port of Bellingham, high winds and unstable weather complicated the search efforts, which include moving a 150-foot barge with a 150-ton crane.

Due to the metal roof that collapsed on top of the burnt vessels, divers and recovery boats have not yet been able to access most of the evidence from the fire.

Investigators with the Bellingham fire and police departments have not determined the cause of the fire, and the investigation will be ongoing.

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In Texas, fire destroyed two boats and damaged a third on Lake Ray Hubbard on Friday evening, but quick-acting volunteers managed to save several others.

The fire started shortly after 5 p.m. at Bayview Marina, according to reports.

The first boat caught fire while a family was refueling the 27-foot motorboat. They jumped ship and sent it adrift, and other boaters raced to help stop the flames from spreading.

The Dallas and Garland fire departments extinguished the fires. Dallas Fire-Rescue said the cause has not been determined, but the fire is being investigated as accidental.

Two people were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

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