Sailboat goes up in flames
Arson suspected in boat burning
By William Ferchland
Tribune staff writer
Arson is suspected of destroying a parked sailboat with flames that reached 20 feet in the air, singeing tree branches and a shed, authorities said.
The Monday afternoon fire was knocked down with more than 100 gallons of water and an engine from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. While firefighters responded to the scene on Clement Street and Tata Lane, police searched the area for three teenage suspects.
The 28-foot boat was owned by Dave and Kim Wroth after they bought it for several hundred dollars. Dave Wroth said there was nothing flammable inside the boat except an oar, a water pump and a ladder.
Kim Wroth came home for a lunch break from work at Albertsons Supermarket. She thought the house was on fire.
“That’s the phone call that you don’t want to get: Come home – your house is on fire,” Dave Wroth said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire at 2:32 p.m., 20 minutes after the call came in. Investigators from South Lake Tahoe Police Department arrived at the scene afterward.