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Aftermath of Condor Express fire


Condor Express Catches Fire

Quick Response Contains Damage to Second-Deck Cabin


Saturday, March 9, 2013
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The Condor Express burst into flames Saturday afternoon while docked in Santa Barbara Harbor near Sea Landing.

Witness Kevin Kewley said he and some friends saw what they thought was thick, black exhaust pouring from the boat, but a few seconds later they spotted the flames. The fire was called in to dispatch at 4:10 p.m. People thought the boat might explode, Kewley said.

An off-duty San Francisco firefighter grabbed a fire hose from the dock and attacked the fire along with another man with a fire extinguisher. The Harbor Patrol arrived and also helped knock down the blaze on the 75-foot vessel. Fire crews then reached the scene, and 11 minutes after the fire began it was out.

The fire, according to officials, was contained to a second-deck interior cabin and navigation area. Investigators are still determining the cause and origin of the blaze.

Fred Benko, who built Sea Landing and captained the Condor Express, died Thursday morning at the age of 73.

Video by Kevin Kewley.

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Coincidence?
Arson?
Something beyond our science and law?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe it was just a simple coincidence of Fred not being there to check on everything?

tabatha (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fires just break out spontaneously Tabatha? The flames had nowhere else to go and since that ship was empty they decided to go there?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You have finally attained full Troll status, "Ken_Volok"; baiting, arguing, and bashing another commenter based on your own wild speculation.

binky (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope that includes medical and dental. Vacation is probably asking too much.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 6:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, I think you can write off ANY possibility of Binky buying you a birthday present.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am very sad about this news. People will be out of work. Fred's widow is possibly in a real bad way. His kids and grandchildren too. Welcome to the big picture.

Fred Benko will always be a legend in our town. The Condor Express will sail again. God rest his soul. Give us a break from your amazingly low comments about the news.

SpankyMcGraw (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Something's fishy ain't just a restaurant.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 8:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But stranger things have happened:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponta...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You have finally attained full Troll status, "Ken_Volok"; baiting, arguing, and bashing another commenter based on your own wild speculation.

binky (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

"Baiting" as in fish-bait? Mr. Binky, I must take issue with your calumnious writings about Mr. Ken_Volok. Why do you make such foolish nonsense? Mr. Volok has been a screenwriter/investigative journalist for the past 50 years. His firs documentary film "Mr. Pibb goes to Washington" won him the Spingarn medal in 1963, followed by his Oscar-winning documentary "Ten ways to succeed in business while failing in life".

Volok, known to his friends and lovers as "The Iron seagull" was arrested and held in a Finnish prison where he met the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. After his release, he returned to the U.S. where he is currently living in an underground bunker somewhere near Las Vegas, NV.

dullfin (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 12:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

C'mon, K_V. Really?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What????
Why is it so shocking to wonder about answers to a mysterious fire on a boat?!!!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ken v....maybe its your flippant attitude before the guy is even put to rest.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How can you tell what my attitude is? You can't hear my voice or see me. Plus I never said anything bad about the deceased!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unless boats, like corporations are now people too you really have to want to be offended to be offended by my remarks.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2013 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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