Washington State Department of Ecology - June 24, 2013

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Ecology, Coast Guard and fire department responding to marina fire in Des Moines

DES MOINES – The state Department of Ecology, Coast Guard, and Des Moines Fire Department are responding to a fire that damaged boats at the Des Moines Marina in Des Moines.

The fire was reported to Ecology at about 11:09 p.m. June 23, 2013. State and federal authorities have responders at the marina.

The fire department and marina have an oil containment boom in place, and are removing damaged boats from the water. A small sheen of gasoline is visible in the water near one of the damaged boats. A boom is in place to contain the spill.

All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.

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Media Contacts:

Dustin Terpening, Ecology communications manager, 360-715-5205, dustin.terpening@ecy.wa.gov, or @ecynorth (Twitter)

For more information:

Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)