An early morning fire sparked at a Campbell River marina on Monday morning.
On Monday, March 8, flames could be seen coming from one of the boats moored at the Discovery Harbour Marina in Campbell River – located at 1348 Island Hwy.
Fire crews received a report about the blaze at approximately 6:25 a.m.
According to Campbell River Fire Department Captain, Bruce Holbrook, when authorities arrived, two boats in the marina were fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters went to protect exposures upon arrival meaning they fought the fire in an effort to keep it from spreading to neighbouring boats.
The Canadian Coast Guard arrived on scene shortly after in order to assist land crews as well.
Holbrook says that an occupant of one of the boats was on board the vessel when the fire ignited, however, managed to escape the incident uninjured.
The occupant was sent to the hospital in order to be checked out, as a safety precaution. The other vessel was vacant and no one else was injured in the fire.
In a video sent to CHEK News, flames and black smoke could be seen billowing from the area as well as witnesses watched on.
Firefighters with the Campbell River Fire Department said the duration of the incident lasted about two hours.
At this time, it is unknown what caused the fire and authorities are investigating further.
Holbrook notes that it is not considered to be suspicious.
The two 40 ft. vessels were significantly damaged by the fire, while a third, nearby boat sustained some damage from the heat.