A Saturday fire that burned a sailboat moored at the Seward Harbor left one person dead, as firefighters continued to investigate its cause.

According to the Seward Journal, which first reported the fire, Seward Fire Department crews responded to the sailboat Perspective at the harbor’s B float just before 11:30 a.m. The victim, an unidentified male, was found after firefighters brought the blaze under control.

Seward fire officials weren’t immediately available for further comment Saturday evening.

Bixler McClure, the owner/operator of Seward Ocean Excursions, said he was on his boat and called firefighters when he saw smoke on the far side of the harbor. As he approached, he began posting videos on Facebook of the fire.

“It was pretty intense – a really big fire, pretty hot – and the mast fell over,” McClure said. “At the time we didn't know (anyone was aboard); there was no response and we just thought it was a fire.”

Saturday’s blaze was the harbor’s second this year, according to the Journal.

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