A 52-year-old man is in hospital with burns to his face and hands after attempting to fight a fire on his boat in East Fremantle this morning.
The blaze started just after 9am at Aquarama Marina in East Fremantle.
Dion Damon desperately tried to put out the fire but the low-pressure hose was no match for the 5m-high flames.
The boat owner and his wife, Amanda Damon, were on the vessel at the time when they heard a “ticking” noise from the motor.
Moments later the boat blew up.
Two full fuel tanks were also aboard. The flammable contents spilled onto the water and a wave of fire spread across the river.
A passerby said they heard the explosion as it happened.
“(I) heard a big bang. You see the husband yelling at his wife to get off the boat. All of a sudden you just see flames shooting out,” the passerby said.
Charred remains are all that’s left of the $80,000 boat.
The rest of the vessel is now sitting at the bottom of the seabed.
“I would assume the fire made its way to another part of the vessel to another fuel source, which increased the intensity for a short period,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Services station officer said.
The Department of Transport is working to remove the wreckage and clean up the oil from the water.
The exact cause of the blaze is now under investigation.