Burning boat

A 45-foot vessel burned and sank in Compass Point Marina early Monday morning on St. Thomas, according to V.I. Fire Services Director Daryl George. All passengers escaped unharmed.

No one was injured when a 45-foot vessel burned at Compass Point Marina on St. Thomas early Monday morning, according to V.I. Fire Service Director Daryl George.

“The boat is actually sunk, so we can’t determine a cause or origin at this time,” and investigators are working to determine what started the blaze, George said.

The fire was so swift, “we couldn’t even get the boat’s name,” he said.

Firefighters from the Lima Company station responded to a report of a boat on fire at 6:17 a.m., George said.

Additional firefighters were needed to help run 4,000 feet of hose to the vessel, and units from Echo and Hotel companies assisted and brought the blaze under control within 45 minutes, George said.

“The guys did a great job, I must say. I was praising them this morning. They had to run a lot of hose because it was at the end of the dock, and that dock didn’t have fire stations on it,” George said.

The vessel had recently arrived in the marina, and guests aboard woke up to the smell of smoke and immediately disembarked and called 911.

“They were a little shaken up but they were all right,” George said.

Firefighters’ quick response prevented the fire from spreading to the dock, George said. No other vessels were damaged by the fire.

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email scarlson@dailynews.vi.