Fire erupts on boat at Harbor Island

A fire possibly sparked by an electrical malfunction destroyed a 57-foot yacht docked on Harbor Island Monday.

Workers were servicing a generator and other power equipment aboard the 50-year-old Chris-Craft Constellation at Sunroad Resort Marina when the non-injury blaze erupted shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The repairmen helped the owner of the boat, christened the "Sea Siesta," get out of her burning vessel while firefighters were en route, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

It took the emergency crews about 50 minutes to subdue the flames. The fire and the water used to extinguish it left the yacht partially sunk.

The blaze, which apparently originated in the engine room of the boat, resulted in no known spill of fuel or other toxins into the waters of San Diego Bay, Luque said.

According to fire officials, the boat took part in Sunday night's Parade of Lights, and fire crews saw that the lights were left on. Fire officials said they are looking into the possibility the lights sparked the fire.

A hazardous materials crew was summoned to investigate any environmental concerns.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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