UPDATE: Police say boat fire intentionally set, Explosion wakes Valley residents

    Some Mendenhall Valley residents may have been startled awake by the sound of an explosion early Thursday morning. It was a boat fire and police say it was intentionally set. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or Juneau Crime Line immediately. 


    Police say a boat fire was intentionally set, causing an explosion, waking Valley residents early Thursday morning.

    Lt. David Campbell says: 

    "The Juneau Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a person, or persons, who destroyed a boat by setting it on fire in the 3800 block of Riverside Drive. This is the second time in two days that the same boat was damaged by fire. First, on 07/13/2016 the boat owner reported that an unknown person had vandalized the boat with spray paint and attempted to light it on fire. The boat owner is a 47 year old male Juneau resident. The vandalism included a racial slur against the man’s race. Second, on 07/14/2016 at approximately 3:43 AM, the Juneau Police received multiple reports of an explosion coming from the same area of Riverside Drive. Officers and Capital City Fire Rescue personnel arrived within seven minutes and discovered the same boat engulfed in flames. The boat, a 21 foot fiberglass Bayliner, was destroyed by the fire. CCFR personnel were able to extinguish the fire.''

    Anyone with information concerning these fires is encouraged to contact the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or Juneau Crime Line immediately. 

    The investigation is on-going.

    Some Mendenhall Valley residents may have been startled awake by the sound of an explosion early Thursday morning. It was a boat fire.

    Around 3:45 a.m. CCFR was dispatched to a fire at the 3800 block of Riverside drive. Initial units arrived on scene to find a fully involved fire on a 1989 Bayliner 25 foot boat on a trailer.

    Capital City Fire Rescue's Assistant Chief Ed Quinto says, "The fire was extinguished and investigation was started by the Juneau police department and Capital city fire rescue fire marshals. The cause of the fire in being investigated and the boat is a total loss.  A 1991 Ford pickup was all parked adjacent to the boat fire and sustained fire damage. No injuries were reported."

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