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Tahoe Queen catches fire in Zephyr Cove

Claire Cudahy

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Aug. 16, the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler boat broke out in flames. It was undergoing renovations.

According to a Zephyr Cove resident, Karen Foster, she saw the flames from her home and observed fire crews as they worked to put out the fire. Firefighting officials reported the fire out at 8:50 a.m.

“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 marshall on site, confirmed there was one injury from the incident. A first responder suffered smoke inhalation, but was released shortly after the incident.

The fire started with construction inside the boat, he said. The exact cause is still under investigation.

Karen Cutler, a spokesperson from Aramark, the company that operates Lake Tahoe Cruises, said the extent of damage is still being determined.

“Due to the closure of the pier, the 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. MS Dixie tours have been canceled and we are awaiting additional information to determine when service can resume,” Cutler wrote in an email Tuesday. “The Tahoe Queen has been out of service since late last year. It is being moored at the same pier as the MS Dixie, which is why we need to temporarily cancel tours for the MS Dixie.”

The Tahoe Queen is the “only authentic paddle wheeler cruising South Lake Tahoe,” according to Lake Tahoe Cruises’ website. It is 144 feet long and 33 feet wide with three decks.

Caitlin Row, Tribune managing editor, contributed to this story.

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