Fire crews put out houseboat fire at Oakland Estuary

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Fire crews put out a fire at a houseboat that burned at a dock in the Oakland Estuary on Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 12:10 p.m. at 1 Fifth Ave. Fire crews responded and had the blaze under control as of 12:41 p.m., the dispatcher said.

"It was a very long way out here. There are no fire hydrants that are in close proximity. But once we were able to make access, we had to stretch the line down the pier to the boat," said Geoff Hunter, the Oakland Fire battalion chief.

Fire crews remained at the scene through the afternoon to put out hot spots and pump water out of listing vessels.

Small harbor patrol boats from several different agencies converged on the Marina, even one from San Jose, which was at Jack London Square for a marine firefighting training class with other departments.

Investigators still don't know what started the fire. The woman who lives on the boat was not home when it started.

There were no injuries reported.

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