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Passengers jumped from 3 boat fires at South San Francisco Marina

Three boats caught fire early Wednesday morning at Oyster Point Marina South San Francisco. | Source: Courtesy South San Francisco Fire Department

Three boats caught fire Wednesday at South San Francisco’s Oyster Point Marina near Highway 101, according to Deputy Chief Matt Samson of the South San Francisco Fire Department.

The fire department posted images to X/Twitter showing several boats on fire with plumes of black smoke billowing from them at 8:09 a.m.

Samson told The Standard the fire reports were received just after 7:20 a.m. and numerous people jumped from three boats that were fully on fire. One person has been transported to hospital with minor injuries.

“Huge clouds of smoke over the 101 in South San Francisco,” wrote Cydney Hayes on X.

Crews quickly worked with the Oyster Point harbor master, the Redwood City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, Samson said.

The cause of the fires is currently under investigation, and authorities are interviewing boat passengers to establish their origin.

Crews extinguished the fires by around 9:20 a.m. and will now work to protect the environment and clean up any oil or debris that may be in the harbor, Samson said.

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