A fire broke out on the legendary Tahoe Queen paddleboat in Lake Tahoe today. It took fire fighters 25 minutes to contain the fire.
The fire damage appears to be very significant. The Tahoe Queen may never sail again, but we truly hope she does.
The US Coast Guard inspectors are headed to Lake Tahoe to investigate the cause of the fire that occurred while the boat was docked in Zephyr Cove, NV today.
Two contractors were injured in the fire: one via smoke inhalation and the other hurt his back jumping off the boat.
Fire Marshal Eric Guevin told Lake Tahoe News that the flames were shooting out from inside the boat when fire crews arrived early this morning. The fire was contained by 8am today.
Video with Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Todd Moss describing the Tahoe Queen fire today.
Tahoe Douglas Fire District has placed containment booms in the water to contain any hazardous materials or fuel that may have leaked into the lake. The MS Dixie II was nearby, but was not damaged in the fire.
The Tahoe Queen is 2-stories tall and holds 300 people for tours of Lake Tahoe. Tours were stopped last summer due to low water levels in Lake Tahoe.
A representative of Aramark sent KTVN this statement:
“… a fire broke out on the Tahoe Queen this morning while it was out of service for renovations. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the extent of damage is still being determined. Due to the closure of the pier, the 11am and 2:30pm MS Dixie tours have been cancelled and we are awaiting additional information to determine when service can resume.
The Tahoe Queen has been out of service since late last year. It is being moored at the same pier as the MS Dixie which is why we need to temporarily cancel tours for the MS Dixie.
None of our employees were injured.”