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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:00 am

A Commander boat caught fire and ended up sinking late Saturday afternoon in Lake Havasu north of Windsor Beach near the entrance to the gorge.

The Lake Havasu City Fire Department received a call of possibly two boats on fire at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. After the initial call, it was determined that only one boat was involved, said acting Battalion Chief John Kowalski.

There were at least two people on board the boat when the fire occurred, Kowalski said.

One of the individuals on the boat told fire officials the boat seemed to be running fine, but at some point other nearby boaters waved them down and told them there was fire and smoke coming from the back of the boat.

The individuals on that boat were safely removed from the boat by Vessel Assist when the fire began to spread, Kowalski said.

Smoke from the fire reached high into the sky from the middle of the lake early Saturday evening.

A fire boat from Lake Havasu and a fire boat 118 from San Bernardino County responded to the scene.

Vessel Assist remained at the scene attempting to get the boat upright, Kowalski said. The boat itself was believed to be a total loss.

The people on the boat reported losing personal items including cell phones and wedding rings in the fire, Kowalski said.

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