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Houseboat burns on Shasta Lake

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SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - CAL FIRE, the US Forest Service and the Shasta County Boating Deputies responded to a houseboat burning on Shasta Lake, Saturday.

The fire started around 11:20 a.m. and quickly engulfed the boat. The boat was burned, and the fire put out, within the hour.

According to officials, the boat was being fueled at the dock when the fire started. No one was on board and no injuries were reported. The boat was a rental belonging to the marina.

Katelyn Mikalonis and her family had just finished a week long vacation on the boat and were there when it caught fire.

"I looked over and I was like 'Fire!'" Mikalonis exclaimed, "there were flames shooting out the back."

Employees at Shasta Marina quickly undocked the boat and pushed it away from the marina.

The Mikalonis were nearly done unloading all of their things when it all started and no one was on board.

"The kids were getting ice cream, thank god," said Mikalonis.

In total, Mikalonis noted that the family lost an iPad, phone and wallet to the fire, but she said the fire won't stop them from visiting in the future.

During the course of firefighting efforts, the houseboat was pushed towards the shore where it started a small grass fire that was quickly put out.

The fire has been determined to have started in the back of the houseboat, but the cause is still under investigation. (Photo: James Prall)

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