HFD investigating after boat erupts in flames, sinks in Ala Wai Harbor

HFD investigating after boat erupts in flames, sinks in Ala Wai Harbor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters are investigating the cause of a large boat fire at the Ala Wai Harbor on Monday night.

HFD first responded to the blaze at around 8:30 p.m., and a total of nine units and 35 personnel responded to the blaze.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control at 9:12 p.m. and officials believe that the boat is between 40 and 50 feet long. Sources say the boat sank in the harbor around 9:50 p.m.

The boat's owner, Salvatore DiAmore, said he was not on board when the fire broke out.

He said he had gotten into an argument with a friend, demanded everyone get off his boat and left to go for a walk.

"I can't see why she would burn my boat down for the reason we argued, but the statements that were made to her friend right before the boat burned, it kind of sounds like she could have started the fire," Amore said. "She said that I wouldn't burn her ever again and that she was going to get even with me. Or something like that."

When he came back, he saw all the emergency vehicles at the harbor.

DiMore said he lived on the boat and lost everything.

Despite the massive flames, firefighters were successfully able to prevent it from spreading to any other boats at the harbor.

Witnesses told Hawaii News Now they heard explosions at the time of the fire.

"As soon as we came up we saw the boat completely engulfed in flames and the mast falls on the boat next to it, and that's the scariest thing I think for those of us that have their boats here," said witness Patricia Kesling-Wood.

HFD said no injuries were reported.

A U.S. Coast Guard representative was sent to assess any possible environmental impacts from the fire. However, they confirm they are not involved in the investigation and also will not be responsible for removing the boat.

Damage estimates are not yet available, and the fire is currently under investigation.

Officials say the cause will likely be undetermined because the boat is now under water.

This story will be updated.

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