Multiple boats catch fire at Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

A fire that broke out Tuesday morning at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor sunk one boat and caused serious damage to three more, according to officials with the Santa Cruz Fire Department.

At 5:56 a.m., 911 dispatchers received multiple calls about a vessel on fire at the harbor located at 601 Brommer St.

When fire crews arrived at the “U” dock in the upper harbor, they found multiple boats on fire, and the blaze beginning to spread to adjacent boats. People who were inside neighboring boats at the dock were evacuated.

According to fire officials, crews made an aggressive attack to prevent the fire from spreading. Within 25 minutes of arrival, firefighters had the blaze under control.

Three boats sustained serious damage and one boat sank. Crews from multiple agencies worked to overhaul the boats in a manner that protected the surrounding environment, fire officials said.

Representatives from the American Red Cross arrived to assist two displaced boat dwellers, but they declined assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.