Selkirk Vessel Fire

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Incident Description

Incident Date April 10, 2017
Name Selkirk Vessel Fire (DGIR: 170136)
Source Vessel
Nearest Community Victoria, B.C.
Spilled Content Fire
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria Fire Department, Canadian Coast Guard


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports.  

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

April 10, 2017 - 3:05 pm

A vessel caught fire in the Gorge Waterway near the Selkirk Trestle in Victoria, B.C. earlier this afternoon. The occupant of the vessel made it safely off the boat and the Victoria Fire Department extinguished the fire. It is unknown if there were any hazardous materials on board the vessel at this time. Canadian Coast Guard has placed boom around the vessel as a precaution. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) is in contact with the fire department and Canadian Coast Guard and will continue to monitor the situation.

Vessel fire in Gorge Waterway, Victoria, B.C.

            (Vessel fire near the Selkirk Trestle in Victoria, B.C.)