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Barge blaze battled

June 22, 2004

Juneau, Alaska - The crew aboard the 110-foot Petersburg-based cutter Anacapa battled a blaze Monday aboard the barge W.J. Carbon about 10 miles south of Haines.

Fire erupted aboard the barge prompting the tug's operator to contact the Coast Guard at 2:13 p.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard also received assistance from the Haines Fire Department (HFD), firefighting water volunteered from Temsco Helicopters Inc., and the crews aboard the tugs Le Cheval Rouge and Ethan B. The crew aboard the vessel Fairweather Express transported the HFD personnel to the scene.

The Coast Guard established a 500 yard safety perimeter around the burning vessel. The necessary safety zone delayed the transits of two nearby cruise ships for about an hour and a half. What caused the fire aboard the tug is not yet known, and there are no reports of injuries or fuel spillage.

Weather conditions at the scene include light southerly winds with a 500-foot ceiling and about 2 miles of visibility amidst pluming smoking from the barge.

The Coast Guard intends to investigate the cause of the fire.


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