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Fire Aboard M/V Malaspina Causes Damage


February 07, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire department received a call Tuesday at 12:02 PM reporting smoke coming from the Marine Vessel Malaspina which is currently in layup at the Ketchikan-basked Alaska Ship and Drydock.  First arriving units were on the scene in less than three minutes according to information released by Ketchikan Fire Chief Frank Share. 

Share said when firefighters arrived smoke was showing from the port side of the vessel. Firefighters experienced heavy smoke and moderate heat upon entry and were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and extinguished the fire quickly said Chief Share. Due to a short response time the fire was contained to the room of origin and damage was minimal to the vessel.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  17 Ketchikan Fire Department members responded along with mutual aid provided by North and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments.

There were no injuries. 

The Alaska Marine Vessel Malaspina was built in 1963.

Share said during the time of the fire, personnel also responded to two other emergencies.

Share asks residents to remember to “Check their Smoke Alarms” and “Have an Escape Plan” with their families.



Source of News: 

City of Ketchikan Fire Department


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