Three boats sink, one damaged after fire at Ox Bow Marina in Isleton

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ISLETON, Calif. (KTXL) — Fire crews are working to recover three boats out of the water in Isleton after a fast-spreading fire destroyed part of the Ox Bow Marina.

“I just heard a very loud explosion and then I jumped up, and no shoes, and ran down to the boat,” David Lee Calisterio said.

Calisterio described the moment he realized a boat was on fire Monday evening. 

“Me and another guy put fire extinguishers on the boat and knocked the flame down a little bit, but it came back up quick,” he explained. 

That’s when Calisterio said they knew it was only a matter of time before nearby boats started burning too.

“We tried to push the boat out and the ropes were in the back,” Calisterio explained. “We couldn’t get to them because of the fire. So, we started to tell everybody, ‘Get your boats and get out of here.’”

As they started pulling other boats out of the slips, they heard more explosions.

“There’s a lot more explosions because each one of them had gas tanks and propane tanks,” Calisterio said.

Multiple agencies responded to the marina to help contain the flames. 

“When we arrived on scene, we had approximately four boats fully engulfed,” River Delta Fire Chief Paul Cutino said.

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to knock down the flames, but not before three of the four boats sank and the metal marina was left warped and charred.

No one was hurt during the fire, officials said.

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