Comox firefighters had to cut their celebrations short Saturday night during their Christmas award banquet to attend to a boat fire at the Comox marina which sent plumes of smoke billowing into the night.
Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner said the fire was well-involved by the time firefighters arrived on scene.
“There was heavy smoke and it’s always a high hazard when you’re dealing with boats on the water,” he said.
Schreiner said the fire, which was located on the government side of the harbour, was limited to the one boat.
“It’s a difficult situation for firefighters because they have to wear lifejackets and we want to make sure not to sink the boat,” he noted.
He confirmed the cabin was burned in the fire, but the boat is not completely destroyed.
Schreiner added his station usually deals with about one boat fire a year.