A boat was destroyed Tuesday when it caught fire at a popular boat launch in Richland.
The 18-foot aluminum boat burst into flames shortly after noon as Greg Mitchell and his friend were preparing to go salmon fishing. The pair was launching the boat from the Snyder Street Boat Launch.
Mitchell and his friend were able to step off the boat onto the dock as the fire broke out.
“Upon initial start up, I heard popping noises and an explosion that blew the engine (cover) off the boat,” Mitchell told the Herald.
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Fire crews were able to put the blaze out. Flames damaged the primary dock at the launch and it;s unknown when it will be reopened.
No one was injured during the incident.
The boat launch area has been seeing a lot of traffic as fishermen hit the Columbia River for an usually large run of salmon.