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Investigators rule Lake Powell houseboat fire “undetermined and accidental in nature”

Jun 9, 2023, 6:30 PM

An investigation by the National Park Service has determined that a houseboat fire on Lake Powell o...

An investigation by the National Park Service has determined that a houseboat fire on Lake Powell on June 2 was "undetermined and accidental in nature." Photo credit: National Park Service.

PAGE, Ariz. — Investigators for the National Park Service concluded their investigation Friday into the houseboat fire at Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell earlier this month.

According to a news release from the NPS, investigators have determined that the source of the fire was “undetermined and accidental in nature.”

Photo and video submissions support the investigators in their review of the incident.

On the afternoon of June 2, emergency personnel near Glen Canyon National Recreational Area were notified of a houseboat on fire. The fire was at the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell, near Page, Arizona. 

According to a news release from the NPS, the blaze began on one vessel and spread to several others. The release further states, one of the vessels that was on fire “was pushed out of its boat slip and into the marina and was stopped by the breakwater which then caught fire.”

There were no fatalities as a result of the incident. However, two individuals were treated for smoke inhalation.

The areas impacted by the fire are now open.

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Investigators rule Lake Powell houseboat fire “undetermined and accidental in nature”