Tahoe Queen severely damaged in fire
Zephyr Cove, Nev. — Fire severely damaged the Tahoe Queen on Tuesday and threatened to spread to the MS Dixie, which was moored alongside in Zephyr Cove.
Firefighters took about 25 minutes to extinguish the blaze, keeping the fire from spreading to the other paddlewheeler.
The fire was first reported at 7:50 a.m., when workers renovating the Queen evacuated the vessel.
Among the responders to the fire was the U.S. Coast Guard, which sent a 29-foot response boat to the scene to establish a safety zone.
A hazardous material and fire crew from Douglas County also responded to fight the fire and deployed oil containment boom. Crews were able to extinguish the fire at approximately 8:50 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.
One person suffered from smoke inhalation in the fire and was being treated.
Investigators and vessel inspectors from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco are en route to determine the cause of the fire.
After containing the blaze, Tahoe Douglas firefighters set out booms to keep potentially hazardous materials from spreading into the Lake.
East Fork firefighters were moved to Tahoe Douglas Fire Station 21 on Kingsbury Grade to provide coverage for the neighboring district.
According to Zephyr Cove Resorts’ web site, the MS Dixie, based at the end of Ski Run has been handling the company’s cruises this summer.
“We thank all our partner agencies for their outstanding response during this incident,” said Sector San Francisco Commander Capt. Tony Ceraolo. “Their support and dedication to public service at Lake Tahoe is most commendable.”
In 2008, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported the vessel was built by the La Crosse River Boat Co. in La Crosse, Wis., on the upper Mississippi River.
The Tahoe Queen was hauled across the country in 16 truckloads to the Tahoe Keys Marina, where she was assembled and launched on Aug. 11, 1983.