A man is still missing after fire destroyed a boat in Bethel Island Marina on the 400 block of Riverview Place in Bethel Island, Sunday night, Feb. 7.
According to Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD), an adult male believed to have been living upon the boat could not be located after the blaze broke out around 10 p.m. A vehicle thought to belong to the man was found in the marina parking lot.
“The boat was fully involved when the first engine company arrived on scene,” said Auzenne Sunday night. “They were able to extinguish the fire, but it is completely burned out. The hull is intact, so it is still floating.”
Fire caused extensive damage to the boat and made it unsafe to board and search. ECCFPD Fire Marshal Steve Aubert said that the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office (CCCSO) intended to pull the boat from the water and conduct a search Monday. However, the boat sank Sunday night complicating the search plans.
Jimmy Lee, CCCSO public information officer, said it could take several days to formulate and execute plans to raise the boat and conduct a thorough search.
Flames also damaged the roof of the dock, but they did not spread to the dock or any other boats. Fire crews from Oakley and Brentwood were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.