Two boats, gas bar damaged in Shelter Bay Marina fire

Two boats and a small gas bar were destroyed at Shelter Bay Marina in West Kelowna early Wednesday morning.

West Kelowna fire crews inspect the area of Shelter Bay Marina that was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

West Kelowna fire crews inspect the area of Shelter Bay Marina that was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

Two boats and a small gas bar were destroyed at Shelter Bay Marina in West Kelowna early Wednesday morning.

West Kelowna assistant fire chief Kerry Klonteig said the fire started shortly after 5 a.m.

“There were no injuries. When crews got on scene, they knocked on a few of the boats (near) the dock that was basically involved,” said Klonteig.

“There were a couple boats that had occupants that were staying overnight and sleeping on their boat. They woke them up and took them out of harm’s way.”

Four engines and 20 firefighters responded to the fire, which took about 40 minutes to knock down.

Klonteig said two boats were affected by the fire.

“One sailboat was basically destroyed. Another kind of antique cruiser boat had some damage on the one side that was exposed to the fire.

“The small gas bar at the end of the dock was destroyed.”

Investigators were at the scene Wednesday afternoon, trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Klonteig said it is too early to determine whether or not the fire is suspicious in nature.

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