A boat that went up in flames at Ala Wai Boat Harbor Monday night was not supposed to be there.
According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the boat’s owner, Salvatore Diamore, did not have a valid mooring permit to be in the harbor, nor did he have permission to be living on his vessel.
DLNR’s Division of Boating and Recreation (DOBOR) was in the process of impounding the vessel when it caught fire.
The fire started just before 8:30 p.m. Monday and firefighters arrived to find a 40- to 45-foot boat fully engulfed in flames.
“As soon as we came up, we saw the boat completely engulfed in flames and that’s the scariest thing for us who have our boats here,” said Patricia Kesling-Wood.
The fire was brought under control at 9:12 p.m. and fully extinguished at 9:50 p.m. Crews managed to keep the flames from spreading to neighboring vessels and the dock.
No one was on the boat at the time and no one was hurt, however the boat itself is now sitting on the ocean floor.
The state says Diamore does not have insurance, and DOBOR will likely be salvaging the boat.
A U.S. Coast Guard pollution response team inspected the scene and found a slight petroleum sheen on the water, but was able to contain it with a boom and absorbent pads.
The fire is now under investigation by DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE).