Tahoe Queen catches fire at Zephyr Cove; one injury reported
August 16, 2016
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — At about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Aug. 16, the historic Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler boat broke out in flames. It was undergoing renovations.
Zephyr Cove resident Karen Foster said she saw the flames from her home and has been observing fire crews as they work to put out the fire.
"They pulled out the Dixie in Zephyr Cove, and are working on the Queen right now. There is a lot of smoke and fire equipment there," Foster told the Tahoe Daily Tribune at 8:30 a.m.
Foster noted that she could see fire retardant floating in the lake.
Eric Guevin, a Douglas County Fire Protection District fire marshal on site, confirmed there was one injury from the fire.
The fire started with construction inside the boat, he said. The exact cause is still under investigation.
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The Tahoe Queen is the "only authentic paddle wheeler cruising South Lake Tahoe," according to Lake Tahoe Cruises. It is 144 feet long and 33 feet wide with three decks.
Tahoe Daily Tribune Managing Editor Caitlin Row contributed to this report.