Newport Beach

Tug Boat Destroyed in Fire in Newport Beach

The 76-foot boat from 1942 reportedly had 60 gallons of fuel on board

A wooden tugboat caught fire in Newport Beach Saturday, fire officials said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a fire near the Newport Harbor Yacht Club at around 2:30 a.m, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The 76-foot tug boat that was in the waters fully engulfed in flames.

The boat, built in 1942 and named William B, had at least 60 gallons of fuel on board.

Harbor patrol deputies, which are trained to put out boat fires, were able to extinguish the fire around 7:45 a.m., OCSD said.

No structures or other boats were threatened by the fire and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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