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Cleanup continues at Vashon yacht club where boats caught fire, sank

Two vessels caught fire and sank at Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island.

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — The Department of Ecology and United States Coast Guard continue to investigate how two boats caught fire and sank at the Quartermaster Harbor Yacht Club on Vashon Island.

Crews from the Coast Guard, Tacoma Fire, and Vashon Island Fire responded to the yacht club after getting calls at 4:16 a.m. Monday that two vessels were on fire. Two, 40-foot yachts caught fire and sank, according to the Coast Guard. 

Department of Ecology crews also responded due to a gasoline and diesel sheen visible in the water. A helicopter aircrew reported a 60-foot by 120-foot visible sheen in and around the marina.

"The Coast Guard and our port partners are working with the vessel owners to mitigate impact on the environment and to remove pollutants and the vessels from the waterway," said Lt. Cmdr. Brett Ettinger, chief of incident management at Sector Puget Sound, in a statement Monday.

Clean up operations will continue, but a previous 500-yard safety zone that was established is no longer being enforced. 

The cause of the fire is unknown. No one was injured in the incident.